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Half of All Millennials and Generation Z Want Employers to Prioritize Diversity Over Ability When Hiring

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Individuals from different generations typically have opposing views on just about everything. Different experiences and events shape each generation. But millennials and Generation Z have similar ideologies and share a common viewpoint on many issues that Generation X or Baby Boomers oppose. A recent survey showed these generations couldn’t be further apart in their opinions.

John Zogby Strategies, a company that conducted a survey with 2,002 Americans, found Millennials (age 22-39) and Generation Z (age 18-21) think having all races and religions is more important than hiring based on merit.

Over 51 percent of Millennials and Generation Z agreed that a “fair representation of race, ethnicity and religion is paramount to creating the ideal workplace.”

Forty-eight percent of Generation X (age 40-54) and Baby Boomers (age 55-74) agreed with that statement.

The real discrepancy is found in the statement that “merit and competition supersede all, even if that results in a workplace that creates minimal diversity.” Accoridng to the Daily Mail, 15 percent of Generation Z agreed with the statement, while 32 percent of Millennials agreed.

In comparison, 37 percent of Generation X and 45 percent of Baby Boomers agreed merit was more important than race or religion. This doesn’t come as a surprise as younger people tend to be more rebellious and hold ever-changing views.

“What Boomers have begun by challenging authority and Gen X’ers have fostered, trust yourself over institutions, Millennials have driven home in a big way,” John Zogby said at the conclusion of the study. “Expect to varying degrees the call for a transformation of power away from centralized institutions as we see this already playing out in the world of blockchain technology.”

Zogby’s main takeaway from the survey was to highlight the differing values within the age demographics. He also wanted to make it clear that Millennials are now old enough and embedded enough in Washington to start pushing this narrative as the norm.

“We are not talking about just a group of late teens and 20-somethings who are different and will get over it once they settle down,” he explained. “We are talking about 18- to 40-year-olds whose numbers are massive, who have access to information that we don’t have, are impatient with the way we dawdle, and know how to organize via their own networks. Congress beware. Republicans and Democrats beware. Corporations and bureaucrats beware.”