Diversity in the workplace goes well beyond traditional demographic attributes like age, race, and gender. Tomorrow’s workforce will be even more diverse than the workforce of today – and employers must prepare.

"Workforce 2020: Meeting the benefit needs of today’s diverse workforce in a changed world" is the first report from Guardian’s 8th Annual Workplace Benefits Study. Our research focuses on the attitudes and needs of four key communities in our workforce that traditionally have been underserved from an employee benefits perspective: family caregivers, single parents, people who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer), and people with disabilities.

Despite recent progress in the US on benefits equality and inclusion, the journey has just begun for many organizations, and much more work lies ahead. And – in a world changed by the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice movements that highlight systemic racism and injustice – a more diverse and inclusive workplace is more important than ever. It’s becoming a business imperative for employers to address the unique benefits needs of these growing workforce segments.

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