Xperteks CEO Marcial Velez shares some of the basic steps his company has identified for building a DE&I initiative.
Although many organizations have been stressing diversity, equity and inclusion in recent years, there seems to still be room for improvement. In the tech industry, for example, companies can improve employee productivity and engagement simply by building diverse teams.
Tech companies still struggle to increase the diversity within their work environments even when employment opportunities in the tech industry are booming, and the employment opportunity is twice the national average rate. In addition, compared to other private sectors, there is wide gender and racial disparity in the tech industry.
Companies with pro-diversity policies have proven to outperform their counterparts. For instance, during the financial crisis of 2008, diverse companies performed better and had greater resilience according to researchers. And what made them capable of gaining an edge with a high level of innovation? Diversity.
The tech industry can enjoy significant economic opportunities simply by improving gender and ethnic diversity? With such a substantial opportunity at their disposal, employers should start analyzing the challenges they must address when they begin formulating and executing diversity initiatives.
Basic Steps for Inclusion
Xperteks considers diversity, equity and inclusion to be essential and strive to foster them within the organization. Over the years we have identified some basic steps that are essential in instilling inclusion in the work culture.
If you’re building a diversity initiative from scratch, you will no doubt have many questions. Click through the above gallery to find out some of the basic steps that you can take to boost diversity, equity and inclusion.
Marcial Velez is CEO of New York-based MSP Xperteks. He has spent more than than 25 years in the IT industry helping maximize their technology investments. Xperteks won a slot on the 2021 MSP 501 listing. Because of his ongoing promotion of and dedication to DE&I, Velez was a member of the inaugural Channel Futures DE&I 101.