In recent decades, we’ve heard a lot about how the workplace is changing. It’s becoming younger, of course, and as our population demographics change to reflect a more diverse society, our workplaces will also be changing. But saying they’ll change and actually affecting change are two different things. If people that were historically kept out of leadership and management, for example, don’t have the doors open to them, and if companies don’t work to actively recruit and nurture those individuals, then nothing much is going to change in your own company.

Changing demographics may also mean thinking outside what you consider “different.” For example, that includes age and ethnicity, but also sexual orientation, education, and different physical abilities. Making sure that you’re tuned in to these possibilities means that your workplace culture will benefit too. How do they, and what can you do? These graphics explain this big topic in easy terms.

Encouraging diverse workplaces is especially important in tech, which remains a young and male-dominated industry, particularly in leadership and technical roles. Acknowledging the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace that values not only technical skills, but also a wide variety of human skills, will improve your company’s culture and employee experience.

Read more about the importance of diversity and inclusion here or find more information on the importance of diversity and hiring practices below.