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Tech organisations must encourage gender diversity in the workplace

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140225_0231.jpgFiona Woods, head of human resources, Europe at Cognizant shares why gender diversity is imperative for a company’s survival.

Diversity is not just vital in a technology organisation; it is a crucial competitive advantage. Gender diversity encourages various perspectives and ideas from people that foster innovation. These lead to new ideas, the creation of new services and provide valuable insight into customers.

Scientists claim men rely easily and more heavily on their left brain to solve a problem one step at a time. Women, on the other hand, have more efficient access to both sides of their brain and therefore greater use of their right brain, meaning they can focus on more than one problem at a time and frequently prefer to solve problems through multiple activities at a time.

You cannot be a successful global organisation if you do not have an inclusive workforce that represents both forms of problem solving. However, many technology organisations face the same challenges in attracting and retaining female talent. For example, just 27% of all computer science jobs are held by women.

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