Monday, April 24, 2017

Why workplace diversity depends on engaging millennials - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

by JANE GRIFFITH AND ERIC BEAUDAN
Originally published: April 21, 2017
Publisher: GlobeandMail.com 

Millennials are the largest generation in the Canadian workplace – estimated to make up more than 50 per cent by 2020. The most educated and diverse generation yet, we believe they have different values and expectations about the workplace. We also believe that in the next decade or two, they have the potential to change the face of leadership in Canadian companies by radically increasing the number of diverse executives in the C-suite and at the board level. But this can only happen if organizations engage and develop this multidimensional cohort.

Every year, we see incredible diversity of gender, race and background represented in the students that apply for our CEO X 1 Day program – which matches top undergraduate students with chief executives across Canada for a day of job shadowing. Through one-on-one interviews and psychometric testing, we have learned a lot about their motivations. We know they care about what a company stands for, and what kind of development and collaboration opportunities will be available to them. And we also know they value discovering new skills and making an impact – sometimes more than they care about how much money they make.