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Work env’t where employees can’t be themselves reduces innovation, effort and retention

A study finds that with up to 30 percent of tech workers feeling they can’t be themselves at work, this feeling reduces employee innovation, effort, and retention.

You can’t do good where you’re not allowed to be real.

This – in a gist – is what a study found, noting that with up to 30 percent of tech workers feeling they can’t be themselves at work, this feeling reduces employee innovation, effort, and retention.

Research into the 2018 Best Workplaces in Technology, announced by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE, revealed that tech companies struggling to create an inclusive workplace need to “foster an environment where each employee can be their own authentic self, regardless of their age, gender, race, or what they do within the organization.” This is because “employees at winning cultures are six times more likely to recruit their friends on behalf of their company. Overall, best workplaces see half the voluntary turnover of peer companies. Employee recommendations and lower turnover help nurture a diverse workplace.”

“Many companies offer great experiences such shark tank sessions and hackathons,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “But the best tech companies offer meaningful experiences relevant to their organization that resonate with every employee, creating a culture that welcomes all into every program, tapping into the unique genius of every person.”

Great Place to Work surveyed more than 79,000 employees across the information technology industry, assessing 50-plus elements of the workplace. These include trust in managers, compensation, fairness, camaraderie and workplace traits linked to innovation. The ranking accounted for the experiences of all employees including women, people of color, LGBT individuals, older team members and disabled employees.

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