Remote companies: ways to create a diverse and inclusive teamFeatured
Hi Elphas! We're trying something new with the Spotlight series. A common question that comes up in the tech world is, "What are ways I can create a diverse and inclusive team in my remote company?" We would love to leverage our unique experiences to offer leaders advice on how to foster diversity and inclusion in their teams. Please share your perspectives in the comments below.When I think about the companies I’d like to work for as a mixed race black and asian woman, I start by looking at the culture they’ve cultivated and what steps they’ve taken to make it inclusive. I want to know that I will feel like I belong there, because that’s what makes me productive, what makes me want to do my best and stay for the long run. I have worked at tech companies where I was made to feel like an outsider and I will always strive to avoid that.One indicator of inclusion is when I hear leaders tell me they invest in training for their teams - training that fosters greater belonging. Even remote teams can regularly attend training and get support from professionals and coaches. Being upfront about efforts like that will be a magnet for people from underrepresented backgrounds.Training topics might include tackling bias or how to be an ally to underrepresented people. Whatever they are, I want to know that it’s happening and that there is a consistent commitment to it. Stating clearly that diversity and inclusion is a top priority that comes from the top down, and demonstrating what that looks like in the company, will mean candidates from diverse candidates will be more attracted to your open positions.