Inclusion in the IT Organization: Recruit, Hire, and Retain Diverse Employees
This IDC Perspective provides IT executives with practical steps for implementing a dynamic inclusion strategy that will significantly improve engagement levels for diverse IT talent across the organization in a meaningful and sustainable fashion. This document is a companion study to IDC PlanScape: Increasing Workforce Diversity in IT (IDC #US44118118, forthcoming) and shows how IT leaders and their partners can implement sustainable inclusive practices that improve recruitment and retention, drive employee engagement, and deliver strategic value to the organization by mitigating various talent management risks for all IT employees, particularly diverse talent. "By the year 2025, millennials and Generation Z will make up almost 75% of the workforce. This generational demographic has set higher standards for corporate social responsibility and believes that companies have an obligation to give back to the communities they serve by creating an inclusive work environment for everyone to equitably participate and achieve success," says Damon Carter, adjunct research advisor with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "IT organizations must begin to adopt innovative inclusive behaviors today to successfully acquire and retain millennial IT talent in the future, which will be key to effectively competing with global competitors in the evolving marketplace."