In America, the Latino population is on the rise.
In the 2012 Presidential elections millions of Latinos came out and made their voices heard when we re-elected President Barack Obama. Since the elections politicians, companies, and various other types of business ventures have changed their target to attracting Latinos to them because of the large population.
Although the recent rise in attention for Latinos is a good thing, are there any negative outcomes? What about in the work force. Particularly, how has the rise in population played a part for Latinos within the working world? Is being Latino an advantage or is it a disadvantage for Latinos?
Tr3s set out to find whether or not being Latino hurts or helps Latinos millennials in the working world.
Talking to young Latino adults aged 19-34 regarding how being Latino may have impacted their experience in the working world the findings revealed that:
7 out of 10 believe being Latino has helped at work. According to both genders from ages 19-29 and 30-34, the Latinos believed they have benefited from being Latino. Meanwhile, foreign-born Latinos believe that being both Latino and foreign-born has helped them more than their American-born counterparts.
The one notable benefit of being Latino is being able to speak another language other than English. With the world becoming more globally interactive being able to speak another language, like Spanish, would be attractive to any job employer.
Among the Latino adults questioned, two-thirds commented on how knowing Spanish has helped them when it comes to customer service. Being able to speak Spanish has helped them talk to clients who do not speak English but Spanish. This benefit is felt more by 71% of American-born Latinos, mostly with 71% female Latinos than 62% of males, than 56% of foreign-born Latinos.
Meanwhile, when it comes to fellow co-workers according to those questioned knowing Spanish is another advantage because it allows them to connect with one another. “4 in 10 say knowing Spanish helps them communicate with their colleagues at work. A third believes their cultural background helps them identify with coworkers”.
However, with the positive benefits of being Latino there are some who believe being Latino can be slightly negative in the working world.
According to the survey, only 1 out of 5 Latinos said that being Latino has hurt them in the working world. This feeling is felt more by foreign-born Latinos than their American-born counterpart.
A reason for finding their heritage a negative aspect is possibly due to stereotypes and prejudice which may make some feel that being Latino has hurt them at work. Between ages 19-29, younger Latinos may share this sentiment as opposed to older Latinos also in the working world.
With there may be a small percentage who may see being Latino as a possible negativity, maybe because the country is currently involved in an intense debate over immigration that largely affects Latinos, there clearly pluses to show that being Latino is beneficial. With the world becoming more bicultural, and with areas across the country increasing with a large Latino population the country and world will soon see that we all, Latino or not, are the same in our own unique way.