For Businesses to Succeed in 2030, Gen Z Says No One Can be Left Behind

genz 2x1 1What’s New: With Gen Z’s representation in the global workforce set to pass 1 billion by 2030, organizations need to understand the demographic group’s motivations and perspectives on critical issues such as diversity and inclusion. Intel commissioned a study in the U.K. to assess Gen Z’s expectations around diversity, their experiences of bias and how these will contribute to shaping their future career paths.

“As Gen Z employees enter the workforce, they are going to make their voice heard on the importance of diversity and inclusion. Many have personally experienced discrimination as a result of gender, ethnic background, disability or sexual orientation, and are seeking career opportunities that align with their ethics and social values. Companies must accelerate their efforts to create diverse, inclusive workplaces to meet the expectations of a generation who will be making career choices as much on values and sense of purpose as pay and progression.”
–Megan Stowe, director, EMEA Strategic Sourcing and International Supplier, Diversity & Inclusion at Intel

Why It Matters: The study found that a majority of Gen Z — those ages 18 to 24 — in the U.K. would be hesitant to take a job from a company that does not have diverse representation in senior leadership roles. In choosing between competing job offers, a company’s stance on diversity and inclusivity is almost as important as the pay offered.

Researchers surveyed 2,000 workers in the U.K. across a variety of age groups and compared the responses of Gen Z to those in other demographics.

What the Study Says: Diversity and inclusion have become essential workplace priorities: Diverse teams with diverse perspectives are more creative and innovative. It’s critical, now more than ever, to actively create and foster an environment that empowers employees to have confidence and bring their full experiences to work each day. This will continue to be driven by the expectations, experiences and needs of Gen Z employees as they enter the workforce.

The survey found a broad acceptance of the importance of diversity and inclusion across different age groups, but particularly strong opinions among members of Gen Z. The group is most likely to have more personal experiences of bias as a result of gender, ethnic background or disability, and use diversity and inclusion as a deciding factor in choosing between job offers. Key findings include:

  • Gen Z will make career choices based on diversity and inclusion. Over half (56%) of 18- to 24-year-olds said they would be hesitant to accept a job from an organization that does not have any underrepresented minorities in senior leadership roles.
  • Young people are more likely to have experienced bias. Among Gen Z, 39% have experienced bias as a result of gender, 31% personal appearance, 26% ethnic background and 21% sexual orientation. In all cases, these are higher figures than the average across all age groups.
  • Diversity and inclusion must be broadly based. Among all respondents, examples of diversity and inclusion at work cited as most important included having colleagues of all ages and levels of experience and backgrounds, as well as equal opportunities for those with disabilities. Gen Z especially emphasized the need for workplaces to be LGBTQ+ friendly.
  • Diversity delivers business value. Forty-two percent of respondents said diversity is important because it allows for greater wealth of experience and insights. Forty percent said it means people are placed first and no one is left behind.

Importance of a Mindset Shift: As they work to become more diverse and inclusive, businesses need to recognize the shift in mindsets that will follow Gen Z into the mainstream workforce. For this rising generation, values and ethics are on par with financial reward. Almost as many Gen Z respondents said they were worried about finding a job that aligns with their ethics and sense of purpose (33%) compared to a job that provides financial security (36%). Similarly, 34% of Gen Z would decide between similar job offers based on which is more diverse and inclusive, against 36% who would consider pay the deciding factor.

More Context: A diverse workforce and inclusive culture are key to Intel’s evolution and driving forces of its growth. This survey builds on the company’s recently announced 2030 goals and global impact challenges. The directive reinforces our commitment to advance diversity and inclusion across our global workforce and industry while also looking beyond our own walls: working with stakeholders to make technology fully inclusive and expand digital readiness worldwide.

Intel’s corporate responsibility and positive global impact work is embedded in its purpose to create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on Earth. By leveraging its position in the technology ecosystem, Intel can help customers and partners achieve their own aspirations and accelerate progress on key topics across the technology industry.

Even More Context: Inclusion: The Deciding Factor (Study Report) | Intel 2030 Goals

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Taller than the Statue of Liberty: ‘Big Blue’ Helps Intel Expand D1X

Imagine a herd of 650 adult Asian elephants. Now imagine lifting that entire herd off the ground with one gigantic hoist. That’s the 2,600-ton capacity of one of the world’s biggest construction cranes — known to all who behold it as “Big Blue.” Intel uses the crane to place steel infrastructure for its D1X chip factory expansion in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Owned and operated by Kennewick, Washington-based Lampson International, Big Blue travels the globe to construction projects that need some of the world’s heaviest loads slung skyward. At 460 feet long, the crane’s main boom is 155 feet taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty.

In Hillsboro, where Big Blue arrived this spring disassembled on 100 semitrailer trucks, Intel is gearing up to meet the increasing market opportunity for its advanced chips that run everything from sprawling internet data centers to thin-and-powerful laptops.

At D1X, Big Blue began its big job on a pre-dawn morning this spring hoisting a 200-foot-long, 277-ton double-truss frame – the first of 46 that comprise the factory’s steel superstructure. In addition to the monster beams, the D1X expansion will be reinforced with 24,000 tons of rebar — twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower. Work on the D1X expansion involves more than 3,000 electricians, plumbers, welders and other trade workers, with physical distancing enforced across the job site.

Oregon, with its 21,000 Intel employees, is home to the company’s largest site.

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Teen’s Gambit: 15-Year-Old Chess Master Puts Blundering Laptop in Check with Jetson Platform

Only 846 people in the world hold the title of Woman International Master of chess. Evelyn Zhu, age 15, is one of them.

A rising high school junior in Long Island, outside New York City, Zhu began playing chess competitively at the age of seven and has worked her way up to being one of the top players of her age.

Before COVID-19 limited in-person gatherings, Zhu typically spent two to three hours a day practicing online for an upcoming tournament — if only her laptop could keep up.

Chess engines like Leela Chess Zero — Zhu’s go-to practice partner, which recently beat all others at the 17th season of the Top Chess Engine Championship — use artificial neural network algorithms to mimic the human brain and make moves.

It takes a lot of processing power to take full advantage of such algorithms, so Zhu’s two-year-old laptop would often crash from overheating.

Zhu turned to the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX module to solve the issue. She connected the module to her laptop with a MicroUSB-to-USB cable and launched the engine on it. The engine ran smoothly. She also noted that doing the same with the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier module doubled the speed at which the engine analyzed chess positions.

This solution is game-changing, said Zhu, as running Leela Chess Zero on her laptop allows her to improve her skills even while on the go.

AI-based chess engines allow players like Zhu to perform opening preparation, the process of figuring out new lines of moves to be made during the beginning stage of the game. Engines also help with game analysis, as they point out subtle mistakes that a player makes during gameplay.

Opening New Moves Between Chess and Computer Science

“My favorite thing about chess is the peace that comes from being deep in your thoughts when playing or studying a game,” said Zhu. “And getting to meet friends at various tournaments.”

One of her favorite memories is from the 2020 U.S. Team East Tournament, the last she competed at before the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead of the usual competition where one wins or loses as an individual, this was a tournament where players scored points for their teams by winning individual matches.

Zhu’s squad, comprising three other girls around her age, placed second out of 318 teams of all ages.

“Nobody expected that, especially because we were a young all-girls team,” she said. “It was so memorable.”

Besides chess, Zhu has a passion for computer science and hopes to study it in college.

“What excites me most about CS is that it’s so futuristic,” she said. “It seems like we’re making progress in AI on a daily basis, and I really think that it’s the route to advancing society.”

Working with the Jetson platform has opened up a pathway for Zhu to combine her passions for chess and AI. After she posted online instructions on how she supercharged her crashing laptop with NVIDIA technology, Zhu heard from people all around the world.

Her post even sparked discussion of chess in the context of AI, she said, showing her that there’s a global community interested in the topic.

Find out more about Zhu’s chess and tech endeavors.

Learn more about the Jetson platform.

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