Trends - Diversity in the Technology Workspace
There are four diversity trends currently happening throughout the technology workspace. These trends include the hiring of heads of inclusion & diversity, unconscious bias training, inclusion programs, and diversity reporting or release of diversity data.
1. HIRING CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICERS
- Tech companies have begun hiring heads of diversity.
- Because of this, Google and Facebook have both included diversity officers to their teams.
- Dell hired its first chief diversity and inclusion officer. According to Statesman, "Dell is among a number of companies that have hired executives to focus on increasing the number of women and people of color on their staffs."
- Tech companies have pledged to improve diversity and have introduced inclusion initiatives, such as hiring diversity and inclusion officers.
- The mandate for hiring diverse candidates falls on diversity and inclusion officers.
2. UNCONSCIOUS BIAS TRAINING
- Several tech companies have begun implementing unconscious bias training
- Included in this list are Google and Microsoft.
- Both of these companies train employees to recognize their implicit bias with the goal of supporting women and people of color to positions of power.
- Google's training shows how a difference in perception affects minorities ascension in the workplace.
- Additionally, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and Yahoo have all started unconscious bias training while also raising about unconscious bias through company-wide programs.
- These programs are aimed at improving the representation of women, minorities and other diverse groups.
3. INCLUSION PROGRAMS
- Expedia-owned HomeAway offers groups and mentorship programs for employees who are within a minority. Additionally, it requires anti-bias training for all employees.
- IBM offers a Tech Re-Entry Program as a 12-week internship. This is aimed at helping women return to the workforce.
- Facebook has invested in training programs to help employees recognize and overcome internal bias. They have implemented several programs like Managing Bias, Managing Inclusion.
- These programs are directed by managers for diverse teams. They are designed to help coworkers be more supportive of one another, while also supporting employees from underrepresented backgrounds.
- Microsoft has several programs aimed at attracting, recruiting, retaining and developing women from around the world in the technology field. IBM also has a program called Girls Who Code aimed at closing the gender gap in the tech industry. (source 8)
RELEASE OF DIVERSITY DATA
- Tech companies have begun diversity reporting in response to the under-representation of women and people of color.
- Google, Amazon, Pinterest, Facebook, and Atlassian are tech companies that have released their diversity data.(source 9)
- In 2018, Google released its diversity report with attrition data in an effort to be transparent.
- Pinterest announced its diversity goals and constantly reports on their progress and failures.
- Other tech companies such as Facebook, Apple, and Intel frequently publish their diversity data. Meanwhile, in 2018, Slack and PayPal released their EEO-1 reports.
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We began our research by looking for any articles or precompiled information on trends surrounding diversity in the technology workspace. We looked throughout credible news articles and press releases that publish market analyses. Unfortunately, while we did find some articles on the technology workspace in general, there were no articles or precompiled information that directly discuss trends related to diversity in the technology workspace. Our next approach led us to look into the various initiatives being applied by several tech companies. By looking for initiatives, we were able to understand how tech companies are responding to and engage with the growing importance being placed on diversity in the workplace. We were able 4 initiatives that have been used across several tech companies. In order to define a trend as "top," we looked for those that are been implemented by several companies and were discussed several times in leading media publications or by industry experts.