Top 10 tips to help you make your IT department a more diverse environment

At the Alternative Legal IT Conference 2019 on 1st October, Yasmin Sheikh from Diverse Matters shared her top 10 tips to help you make your IT department a more diverse environment and has documented them here…

Firstly, what do we mean by diverse?

Having a diverse team means including those groups who are not always part of the dominant culture at work, which can include the following:

  • Women (if you have a male dominated team or industry),
  • LGBT community,
  • Disabled people (visible and non-visible disabilities/health conditions),
  • BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic),
  • From a different socio-economic background.

What’s the case for diversity?

Bloomberg has found that inclusive teams make better decisions, they make them more quickly and require fewer meetings in the process.

McKinsey found that companies across all sectors with the most women on their boards of directors significantly and consistently outperform those with no female representation – by 41% in terms of equity and by 56% in terms of operating results.

In Matthew Syed’s new book, Rebel Ideas, the Power of Diverse Thinking, he states that success is no longer just about talent, or knowledge or skill.

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Yasmin Sheikh

Yasmin Sheikh

Diverse Matters
Diverse Matters is the bridge to enable better communication between employers and people with disabilities/health conditions (both visible and non-visible) leading to confidence on both sides. Our services provide confidence to organisations to tap into diverse talent by retaining and recruiting the best talent thereby increasing profitability and staff satisfaction. Prior to this, I worked as a lawyer for 12 years (10 years at international law firm, Clyde & Co LLP). After I sustained a spinal cord injury in 2008, I was thrown into the world of disability overnight as I had to learn how to adjust using a wheelchair. I use my experiences, expertise and learnings to help both employers and employees to engage with their organisations. I specialise in advising corporates about disability related issues.