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  • Writer's pictureKhaled McGonnell

Is Diversity a "Nice-to-Have"?

In short, no.


When Cloud Hikers was launched, 6 values were identified that captured the essence of what it is to be a Cloud Hiker. Diversity & Inclusion was amongst these. It's fundamental to who we are. Here's why.


Diverse and inclusive teams tend to outperform more homogenous teams due to several reasons:


Increased Creativity and Innovation: Diverse perspectives and experiences lead to a wider range of ideas and solutions, which can drive creativity and innovation.


Better Problem-Solving: Teams with diverse backgrounds and perspectives are better equipped to tackle complex problems and find innovative solutions.


Improved Decision-Making: Diverse teams bring a wider range of experiences, perspectives, and information to the table, leading to better-informed and more effective decision-making.


Enhanced Adaptability: Teams with diverse backgrounds are better equipped to adapt to changing circumstances and handle uncertainty, which is becoming increasingly important in today's fast-paced business environment.


Improved Representation: Diverse teams can better represent the interests and perspectives of a diverse client base, leading to improved client satisfaction and loyalty.


Increased Motivation and Engagement: Inclusive environments, where everyone feels valued and heard, can lead to increased motivation and engagement among team members.


The business case for Diversity & Inclusion is rock solid. But, being honest, our commitment to D&I goes beyond a business case. These are the values that we infused into the DNA of the company.


It's important to note that diversity alone is not enough to guarantee improved performance. Teams need to create an inclusive culture where diversity is valued, differences are respected, and everyone has equal opportunity to contribute. Every Cloud Hiker rallies around each of the 6 of our core values. Our shared values make us better at what we do: delivering the best experience for our clients and our people.


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