Lab 5: Crowdsourcing on Diversity & Inclusion
While browsing the American Community Survey on the US Census Bureau website, I was immediately drawn to a story about the diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Ironically enough, I was learning about the topic in my PR class during this time.
While deep-diving into the statistical world of diversity in the workplace, I found a lot of different numbers.
According to a study conducted by Fundera, 57% of employees in the United States believe their company’s should be doing more to increase diversity.
According to the same study, 41% of employers feel they are, “too busy,” (their words - not mine!) to implement any kind of diversity and inclusion training initiatives.
The website highlights their references for each of the statistics they provide, like the one that states how inclusive companies are 120% more likely to hit their financial goals.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the state is responsible for training all members of it’s workforce on diversity, inclusion and related subject matters.
However — not every employer will abide to this policy; source: me, and two of my prior jobs.
I decided to put this to the test, and ask questions on my Instagram story about diversity and inclusion in people’s workplace.
The results are in poll-form, provided by roughly 130 Macomb and Oakland county workers.
The first question asked, was if they worked for a bigger or smaller company. I classified a bigger company as a franchise, or anywhere between 50+ employees. A smaller company would fall under having 1-50 workers, or a private enterprise.
The results were just shy of a tie, leaving an easily observed second question, if they have an older or younger employee demographic. Younger employees fell between <18 - 35, and anywhere beyond as older.
My reasoning behind the age gap is because the younger generations are bound to be more inclusive with the rise of the social media age.
The first two questions were easy enough, leaving an open-ended last two. “Do you feel your workplace has a diverse and inclusive team?” and “Do you feel your workplace provides good training on diversity and inclusion?”
The results were very eye-opening to me, especially from behind the scenes where I can see who was answering the polls.
Some people, I know the place they work at - and I would be lying if I said I don’t commend a few for their honesty.
Different workplaces have different ways of running their business, as we know. In today’s age, as we become more and more progressive each day (or for some - try to be), I’m stunned at how split the results are.
I hope one day we can get to a point where we can have a 100% result of every question I ask regarding diversity and inclusion.
For now, all we can do is participate in surveys like mine, and strive for better results.
Strive for better change and communication.
Not only for the education for ourselves, but the empathy we all should have for the community that surrounds us.