The Silent Generation and Baby Boomers grew up during a time when the civil rights movement was at its peak. They witnessed monumental changes in society and may value diversity as a moral imperative. However, some may view the evolving discourse on diversity as overly politicized and may be resistant to change that feels like an affront to traditional values. When people feel their values are being challenged, that can certainly be scary.
Generation X, often referred to as the "middle child" of generations, tends to be pragmatic. They're less idealistic than the Boomers and more open to change than the Silent Generation. However, they may also harbor skepticism about the effectiveness of corporate diversity initiatives.
Millennials, on the other hand, came of age in a world where diversity and inclusion were central to education and social discourse. They often view these initiatives as not just ethical but essential for businesses to thrive. They expect companies to prioritize diversity and will often choose employers who align with their values.
And finally, Generation Z, the newest entrants to the workforce, are the most diverse generation yet. They've grown up in a digital age with unparalleled access to information. They tend to be activists, seeking workplaces that embody the ideals of diversity and social justice.
But what does all of this mean for corporations navigating this shifting landscape? It's clear that the conversation around diversity has evolved, and it's time for companies to ask themselves some fundamental questions. I’ll pose some of those questions in my next blog, so come back!