Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine have called out Delta as one of the 2017 Best Workplaces for Diversity, an honor the airline also earned in 2016. the ranking considered more than 440,000 employee form organizations in a wide range of industries across the U.S.
Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members' experience on the job. These included professional development, behaviors linked to innovation, leadership confidence and consistent treatment among employees of different backgrounds. The ranking also accounted for the share of women, people of color, Baby Boomers and LGBTQ individuals in the workplace. Delta is the only passenger airline on the list of 100, with a No. 15 ranking.
"As we serve the world, we want Delta to be a company that reflects diversity and models inclusion," said Keyra Lynn Johnson, Managing Director — Global Diversity. "In that spirit, we value honors like this one as indicators that we're headed in the right direction as we are intentional and deliberate in our efforts to seek diversity, promote inclusion and drive accountability."
"Delta people at every level of the company are showing an increased understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion," Johnson added. "We know our colleagues, customers, communities, business partners, suppliers and shareholders all benefit from it. That said, we know there's much more to be done. Over time, we'll continue to see progress."
The Best Workplaces for Diversity stand out for their consistent leadership and the meaningful ways that all employees contribute to their organizations. Tenure for women and people of color was higher at the leading employers than at their peers. In several business sectors, the winning organizations also reported turnover two to three times lower than industry averages.
"The Best Workplaces for Diversity have achieved something beyond basic fairness. They find ways to connect with each and every employee, listening to their challenges and building on their talents," said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.
The Best Workplaces for Diversity is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Delta also was ranked as a Best Workplace for Women (No. 10), a Best Workplace in Southern California (No. 15), and one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For (No. 63) by Great Place to Work and Fortune.