We recently surveyed 3,000 job applicants in the United States to determine how many people alter their accents during job interviews due to concerns about dialect discrimination. Check out the infographic below for the interesting results.
In our survey, we found that a staggering 38% of job applicants admitted to 'softening' their regional accents during interviews to avoid negative stereotypes. This phenomenon was most prominent among applicants from Western New England (51%), South Midland (50%), and New Jersey (47%).
It's worth noting that research from the University of Chicago and the University of Munich has shown that individuals with strong regional accents face a wage penalty of up to 20% compared to those with a "standard accent."
This wage gap is equivalent to the gender wage gap, highlighting the significant impact of dialect discrimination on people's lives and careers.
As language and communication experts, we at WritingTips.org believe that everyone should feel confident in expressing themselves authentically, regardless of their regional accent. To help promote a more inclusive and understanding workplace, we encourage employers to recognize the value of linguistic diversity and to be mindful of any unconscious biases that may influence their decision-making processes.
Online panel survey of 3,000 adults based on age, gender, and geography. Internal data sources are used to obtain population data sets. We used a two-step process to ensure representativeness through stratified sampling and post-stratification weighting.]
Our goal with this survey is to raise awareness about dialect discrimination and to promote an open and inclusive dialogue on the issue. We hope that by sharing these findings, we can contribute to a more equitable and understanding job market for all.