Mixed teams bring wider experience, different ways of thinking and fresh approaches to problem solving – all necessary to meet the new challenges in many industries.
- Creativity, problem-solving and lateral thinking are enhanced through more diversity. (Research from Behavioural Science Laboratory at Aston University’s Business School, reported in HR magazine, 2016)
- 83% of engineering organisations see ‘enhancing capacity for innovation and creativity’ as one of the top factors driving diversity and inclusion work. (Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit, RAEng)
- When employees feel their organisation is committed to diversity and they feel included, the ability to innovate is increased by more than 80% (Research by Deloitte quoted in Creating cultures where all engineers thrive. A unique study of inclusion across UK engineering, RAEng, 2017)
- The National Bureau of Economic Research in the US reports that patents granted to mixed-gender teams are cited 30-40% more often than those from all-male teams.
“Bringing women into software development can introduce an extra dynamic. Women often bring a detailed approach and that can make for better teams.”
Conrad Langworthy, Head of Sky’s Software Engineering Academy
“High performing teams are balanced teams.”
Apurva Sinha, Head of Innovation & Information Management, Network Rail, speaking at the WISE conference 2018