Diversity in the workplace has always been at the heart of Big Bang. Since founding Big Bang in 2014, CEO Gabriel Tupula has made it his mission to be an agent of good in his community by providing tailored business solutions to companies worldwide and an excellent work environment for his people. The following is an excerpt of his latest interview with journalist Fotis Georgiadis for Authority Magazine:
Can you articulate to our readers five ways that increased diversity can help a company’s bottom line?
At Big Bang, diversity is not just a box waiting to be checked off. We know from research and practical experience that increasing diversity in its own does not increase effectiveness, instead what matters is how the organization is able to harness the richness that comes with its diversity.
- Facilitating travel and a global presence: Having a workforce from diverse backgrounds with different citizenships allows our employees to freely travel throughout different offices and to clients outside of our office locations. The return on investment from booking a flight for a consultant to visit a key client has been non-negligeable.
- Developing future leaders within your company: Hiring for culture fit over an impressive resume containing all the programming languages has allowed us to identify and retain talented young people to grow alongside our business. Take an intern who has the right attitude, invest in their training and development, and a few years down the line you can have a manager that knows your business inside out.
- Widening your talent pool: Hiring from a wide range of people and offering them flexible working hours and locations broadens your talent pool. From working parents, people with familial or educational obligations, there are many motivated people who can contribute to your business if you give them the flexibility to work in the ways most convenient to suit their lifestyle.
- New insights: We need a wide range of individuals with different backgrounds and experiences to provide us with new insights and ways of doing things. In consulting, you often have to think outside of the box to solve complex problems. If you only hire the same kind of people, you reduce the range of possible solutions they can come up with based on their past experiences.
- Being open to new opportunities: The different native languages of our employees have allowed us to be attentive and ready to act on business opportunities across the world and grow our business in different countries.
What advice would you give to other business leaders to help their employees to thrive?
Surround yourself with smart people and empower them. At the end of the day, running a successful business comes back to trust. Embracing a broader vision of success for the company that encompasses learning, innovation, creativity, flexibility, and dignity puts workers at the center of decision-making. Employees will thrive if they are empowered and feel you provide them with quality jobs, equitable and transparent ways to advance their careers and compensation, and real opportunities to contribute to the direction of the company.
The way I see it, if we hired you, we trust your judgment and empower you to design your work-life in the ways that allow you to be your most productive and most authentic self.
To read the full interview, click here.
Download our No BS Digital Transformation Workbook.