16 Effective Ways Tech Businesses Can Build Truly Inclusive Teams

By Jeremy Duvall, for the Forbes Technology Council

This story was originally published on Forbes.com on April 8th, 2022.

Developing an effective diversity, equity and inclusion program is about more than checking off boxes, and its impact goes beyond the hiring process. An inclusive tech team is one that can better serve a diverse customer base and support each other. Leaders of tech companies who do all they can to ensure they build teams whose members have varied backgrounds and experiences are making a smart business decision.

Developing and maintaining a truly inclusive tech team takes dedication and effort, but the results are well worth it. Below, 16 members of Forbes Technology Council share keys to building an inclusive tech space.

6. Empower All Voices

Building an inclusive team is about more than respecting diverse thoughts and voices; it’s empowering them. Building good software requires a functioning social network, which benefits greatly from diverse thought patterns and viewpoints. Creating that network is far more than “hiring the right people”; it’s allowing everyone to ideate and innovate in a space designed to give all ideas equal weight. Jeremy Duvall, 7Factor Software