Improving gender diversity and establishing a more inclusive culture within an organisation means better employee engagement, with the potential to improve productivity and transform the business. Given the productivity gap that exists between the UK and competitor countries – which have, almost without exception, a better gender balance in STEM than we do – we can’t afford not to bring more women into STEM and develop their talents.
- Women get more done at work. Men and women both complete about 66% of their assignments, but women are handed on average 10% more work to complete – meaning they do more work overall. (State of the Workplace, Hive, 2018)
- Inclusion benefits the performance of individual engineers, with 80% reporting increased motivation, 68% increased performance and 52% increased commitment to their organisation. (Creating cultures where all engineers thrive. A unique study of inclusion across UK engineering, RAEng, 2017)
- When leaders are perceived by their teams as being inclusive, 81% of workers indicate this has a positive impact on their productivity (Inclusive Leadership: culture change for business success, Opportunity Now and Shapiro Consulting, quoted in Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit, RAEng)
- The more included engineers feel, the more likely they are to understand business priorities, to be confident about speaking up on improvements, mistakes or safety concerns, and to see a future for themselves in engineering. (Creating cultures where all engineers thrive. A unique study of inclusion across UK engineering, RAEng, 2017)