As New Jersey’s workplaces grow more diverse, offensive comments about race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation are on the decline, according to the fourth annual New Jersey State of Diversity Survey, commissioned by Taft Communications and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA).
That’s partly a matter of training. The 2019 poll reveals that the number of respondents who have never had any form of training focusing on the value of diversity and cultural awareness at their workplace has decreased to 28 percent — down from 47 percent in 2016.
The number of people who interact daily with someone of a different race or ethnicity increased to 89 percent in 2019 — up from 83 percent in 2016. This number is significantly lower outside the workplace, however, where only 67 percent interact with someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2019, though that percentage has climbed from 59 percent in 2016.
The survey was conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll. Complete results are available online.