Diversity and Inclusion. It’s important. It’s at the forefront of the majority of company’s minds and it needs to be focused on. That’s what we’re doing, so keep your eyes peeled. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s focus on why D&I is important.
Did you know:
Only 2.6% of people on UK tech boards are ethnic minorities [Sage.com]
There are more CEOs in the USA called John or David, than there are female CEOs [Sage.com]
Even though 90% of companies claim to prioritise diversity, only 4% consider disability in their initiatives. [Harvard Business Review]
As stated by What to Become:
- Diverse teams are 87% better decision-makers than individuals
- The millennial generation is 16% more diverse than baby boomers
- 83% of millennials are more likely to be actively engaged if a diverse and inclusive culture is encouraged in their place of work*
* Diversity is becoming more of a spoken issue especially amongst millennials, and we are seeing this becoming addressed on a deeper level in all walks of life.
How do we encourage a more diverse and inclusive environment?
Conversations. We need to have more frank and open discussions where we can learn from one another.
Knowledge. The more we learn, the more we can teach.
Courage. Challenge yourself and others.
Oh, and training in VR can help. But that’s for another day.