282 - Uncovering the Truth about DEI

Posted September 7, 2021 by Mark Perna

Episode: 282

Episode Title: Uncovering the Truth about DEI

When every company in America says they embrace diversity, but only 38% of Gen-Z workers agree, how can you uncover the truth? Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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Hello and welcome—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a popular topic and one that demands a position from every company doing business today. But when every organization says they value diversity, how can job seekers tell if they really mean it?

 

According to a recent report by Tallo, only 38% of Gen-Z members feel that American workplaces are truly diverse, equitable and inclusive. As companies strive to attract top talent, it can be hard to tell if their DEI talking points actually reflect company culture. 

 

To uncover the truth, start by checking an employer’s website, but remember this is not enough by itself. Career coach Andy Agouridis, who has experienced the workplace as a minority immigrant, says you should look for interesting stats, like representation of different groups in the executive office. 

 

Another strategy is checking reviews from past and current employees to get a clear picture of the culture. Even better, connect directly with individuals who work there and ask them whether it’s a place where people can be themselves.

 

And of course, if you get an interview, make sure to discuss DEI with the hiring manager and gauge their response. Does DEI feel like an afterthought—or is it something that the manager is really passionate about? That in itself can tell you a lot about the true culture of diversity within the company. 

 

Next up: often diverse professionals feel like they have to “go it alone” in their job search, but that’s just not the case. We’ll talk more about it on tomorrow’s episode of The Perna Syndicate…see you then!


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