Creating a fair and inclusive workplace in the tech industry

Dr Victoria Bernath

Editor-in-Chief, Diversity VC

There are clear business benefits to a diverse and inclusive workplace. It promotes staff loyalty, efficiency, creative output, and attractiveness to new talent to name but a few examples. When you combine these factors together, we frequently see that diversity and inclusion leads to enhanced performance. Indeed, recent research shows us that companies in the top quartile for gender and racial diversity perform better financially1, and inclusive workplaces are proven to attract and retain the brightest talent,2 as well as demonstrate improved channels of communication and improved social capital.3

When successful, Diversity & Inclusion strategies are proven to bring real bottom-line benefits to business; whether by improving efficiency, increasing productivity, driving employee engagement, or shaping an outstanding employee experience in an age of fast-growth and continuous innovation. 

Creating a D&I strategy that will meet your business requirements and successfully achieve your objectives can be a challenge. However, by clearly managing and communicating expectations, obtaining buy-in and resource, or simply getting your colleagues and employees excited and on board can all impact the long- term success of your D&I strategy. Get it right, and a D&I policy could transform how your business collaborates or works. 

Whether you already have a fully-formed strategy, or you’re thinking about D&I for the first time, this simple guide will help you to plan, deploy, monitor and improve your strategy – for tech companies big and small. 

  1. Hunt, V et al. Why Diversity Matters. McKinsey and Company: Our Insights (January 2015), accessed on October 01, 2018. 
  2. Keller, S et al. Attracting and retaining the right talent. McKinsey and Company: Our Insights (November 2017), accessed on October 01, 2018.
  3. Heffernan, M. The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others. Ideas. Ted.Com (May 05, 2015), accessed on October 01, 2018.