The Diversity and Inclusion Handbook

Building an Inclusive Environment
The Diversity and Inclusion Handbook

Fixing Your Culture

Conversations about solving the diversity problem in tech typically start as, “How do companies hire more minorities?” But some of the most successful diversity efforts don’t start with hiring at all; they start with inclusion.

Without an inclusive culture, you simply compound your diversity issues with retention challenges. If your culture doesn’t welcome and develop a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and ideas, what will make those hires stay?

Building an inclusive culture that attracts diversity is a business imperative as well. A study by McKinsey found that gender-diverse companies were 15 percent more likely to outperform their national industry median, and ethnically diverse companies were 35 percent more likely to outperform.

Before allocating resources towards diversity recruiting, turn your focus inward. Think about whether your culture can retain all great talent, whether they happen to be underrepresented or not.

Key Takeaways

About This Report

From our internal efforts and in speaking to leaders across many companies, we’ve found two elements that serve as the backbone of inclusive cultures.

Equality in the day-to-day Every company will claim to be a meritocracy, but it takes an honest look at yourself to determine whether all of your employees truly have equal access to rewards and opportunities. Realizing you have room for improvement shouldn’t be shameful. It’s what you do with the realization that matters.

Who’s picking up the slack for administrative work? Many companies have rightfully focused on compensation policies as a driver of equality. But fairness also manifests itself in smaller things, like who’s taking on more of the extra administrative work or even doing chores around the office. In their joint piece in The New York Times, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant noted that women end up doing more of the “office housework,” and get little payoff for it. “Someone has to take notes, serve on committees and plan meetings — and just as happens with housework, that someone is usually a woman.

About the Publisher

Built from the conviction that recruiting is the responsibility of everyone at the company, Lever’s Talent Acquisition Suite draws the entire team together to efficiently source, nurture, interview, and hire top talent through effortless collaboration. Lever has been intentionally designed to help employers develop stronger candidate relationships in fewer clicks, and its modern interface combines powerful ATS and CRM functionality in one platform.

Lever was founded in 2012 and supports the hiring needs of over 1,300 leading companies around the globe including the teams at Netflix, Lyft, Hot Topic, and Cirque du Soleil. With an overall gender ratio of 50:50, Lever is also fiercely committed to building a team culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit

Publish Date

August 2021