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Demand on diversity and equity roles to accelerate in 2021

Hiring for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles have been on the rise for years, and that will likely accelerate sharply in 2021, according to a recent report published by the worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies Glassdoor. Among the top 5 workplace trends that will reshape the way we work after COVID-19, Glassdoor identified the need to make tangible progress on corporate DEI. 

Diversity and inclusion are top of mind for job seekers today, especially after the Black Lives Matter Movement that cast light on racial inequality in the US in 2020. According to a recent Glassdoor survey, more than 3 in 4 employees and job seekers (76%) report a diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating companies and jobs. And about 1 in 3 employees and job seekers (32%) say they wouldn’t apply to a job at a company where there’s a lack of workforce diversity. The global career site expects this to fuel the expansion of workplace diversity programs in 2021.

Roles dedicated to driving employers to take meaningful action towards a more diverse and inclusive workforce have been growing for years, both in the U.S. and abroad. According to recent Glassdoor research, 2019 hiring in the U.S. for DEI roles was rising at a 305 annual pace. In the wake of the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd, demands employers to take concrete steps on workplace diversity and economic opportunity for Americans of color have galvanized support for taking DEI functions far more seriously in corporate America.

New product feature for DEI

To reinforce this rising global interest in and support for workplace diversity and racial equity, Glassdoor in 2020 launched a major new diversity and inclusion product for employers, allowing them to share workforce diversity goals and increase transparency around where employers stand relative to those goals.

In addition, the Glassdoor company review survey was expanded to allow workers for the first time to anonymously rate and review their company with respect to diversity and inclusion and to share their own demographic information, thereby helping to bring more transparency to this critical workplace attribute.

Glassdoor now gives job seekers, employees, and employers a deeper level of insight into the employee experience by displaying company ratings, CEO ratings, and workplace factor ratings by race/ethnicity, gender identity, parental or caregiver status, disability, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Salaries are broken out by gender identity and race/ethnicity.

Workplace Trends 2021

Workplace trends for 2021

The global COVID-19 pandemic changed dramatically our daily life and our work life as it is depicted in the Glassdoor economic research.

 Is work-from-home here to stay? Will COVID-19 have a lasting impact on hiring and workplace culture in 2021 and beyond? Should salary be adjusted for fully remote workers who choose to relocate to new cities? And, what about office perks? Will my job be at risk in post COVID era?

Most of these questions and maybe more have troubled us in the past year. Trying to analyze and provide some answers, the global career site ended up in the below key trends taking into consideration the unthinkable changes that the pandemic has caused us, the risks, and the opportunities that may arise from this crisis.

Trend 1: Office life will return but it will never be the same

Trend 2: Employees expect progress, not just pledges, on corporate DEI

Trend 3: Salary expectations get a permanent WFH rehaul

Trend 4: Even the best company cultures must adapt to new post-COVID-19 realities

Trend 5: The COVID-19 recession is probably over, but these jobs may never return

For more information, you can visit Glassdoor’s Workplace Trends Report here.

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