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October 16, 2020 | Authored by: Sharath Dorbala

Why diversity in the workplace is essential for our success

I’m so proud of the workplace, the atmosphere and overall company DNA that resonates throughout Vindicia. I say it all the time. But I wanted to take this moment to zoom in on the details. Why am I so excited about the culture that we strive so hard to implement? I find diversity particularly special and relevant to this discussion that makes up the talent pool within our organization. I know that the topic of diversity in the workplace is spoken of often in modern tech companies, a buzzword that frequently has little attached to it, but the truth is – we are doing it and we want to do even better.

It’s not just about checking the boxes, but constructing a diverse talent that brings together individuals from all backgrounds to create an organization that is destined to succeed, for it combines the best our society has to offer. The process is pretty simple. Diverse perspectives increase creativity that leads to better decision making and increases employee performance.

1. Diverse perspectives

Employees in a company with higher workplace diversity have access to a variety of different perspectives that can spark fresh ideas, which is highly beneficial when it comes to understanding your customers’ needs and come up with meaningful solutions to fulfill them.

2. Increased creativity

Whenever a group of like-minded individuals are put together, they will generate similar ideas. However, if you change things up by mixing diverse individuals together, you will enable a melting pot of fresh, new ideas that is more disposed to creativity and innovation — two essential ingredients for success.

3. Better decision making

Workplace diversity leads to better decision making results. According to a multitude of research, when employees with different backgrounds and perspectives come together, they come up with more solutions, which leads to more informed and improved decision-making processes and results. 

4. Increased employee performance

Improved employee engagement across diverse backgrounds leads to improved participation, discussion of various ideas and according to the Harvard Business Review, due to all the above, diverse teams – when given a ripe environment –  are able to solve problems faster than cognitively similar people.

We take pride in hiring individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and working styles. This year I commit to putting this in focus by executive team training, talent acquisition with attention given to non-bias techniques, and true celebration of diversity within the organization. Challenging the old ways gives us an edge and a competitive advantage. We are proud to have each and every individual within the Vindicia family. Without you – we would not be the same.

About Author

Sharath Dorbala

Sharath Dorbala is Chief Executive Officer of Vindicia. He is a Silicon Valley-based veteran in the technology industry with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Vindicia, Sharath was responsible for product strategy and management at Apttus, leading their market-leading B2B CPQ and eCommerce solutions. Before Apttus, he was the Head of Mobile Financial Services Division at Amdocs, enabling affordable financial inclusion for the bottom of the pyramid in emerging markets. He partnered with ITU, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and regulators worldwide to help promote and increase awareness of mobile wallet solutions in emerging markets. Sharath is strongly influenced by Daniel Pink's "A Whole New Mind" and believes that the next generation of technology products must follow the right-brained principles. Prior to this role, Sharath was Head-Products for Amdocs CRM product line. He oversaw the launching of several new customer-centric initiatives like multi-channel self-service, retail, device management and personalization solutions. He holds an MS in Information Systems from Northeastern University, Boston and an MS in Economics and Management from BITS, Pilani, India.