HBO’s "Silicon Valley" depicts the U.S. tech industry as dominated by geeky men in sweatshirts. But the satire isn’t far from reality. Despite efforts to the reduce the gender gap in technology, a new study by Accenture and Girls Who Code, a nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in computing, predicts women’s share of computing jobs in the U.S. is going to narrow even more if steps aren’t immediately taken to the address the issue.
Women currently hold 24 percent of the jobs in computing—a level that has held steady since 2011, according to data from Girls Who Code. That percentage is likely to fall to 22 percent by 2025 if no new efforts are made to create and sustain young women’s interest in computing, from junior high to university, the report finds.
To reach their findings, Accenture and Girls Who Code created a model to estimate future changes in the participation of women in computing and the impact on women’s earnings. They also carried out qualitative research among girls aged 12 to 18 years old, undergraduates, young workers, parents and teachers, to determine which factors impact decisions to study...
On Oct. 13, at Quartz’s The Next Billion conference in San Francisco, I had the privilege of moderating a panel on diversity in tech with Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls Code, and Kate Mitchell, a co-founder of Scale Venture Partners.
Panelists like these notwithstanding, the tech industry is powered largely by white men, from developers and product managers all the way up to founders, CEOs, and the venture capitalists who fund them. Even when big companies like Intel and Facebook put forth efforts to change their hiring and career-retention processes, change is slow to come.
Mitchell and Bryant offered insight into the tactics they use to make tech more inclusive. Here are three that we can all learn from, and apply in any industry sector:
Take the risk to talk candidly about diversity
Mitchell spoke about the importance of taking risks in the way that we speak about diversity.
“That risk that you all have to take, for men, [is] learning to ask questions,” says Mitchell. “I say to men, I learned, to sit down in the communities of color. ‘Is it Latino/Latina or is it Hispanic? What is the right phraseology I should use?’ ‘Is...
American employers increasingly expect workers to be available at all times. Employees rarely leave their desks to have lunch, let alone to visit the doctor. As the co-founder and CEO of Zocdoc, an online scheduling service for medical care, that concerns me—not least because I’ve found many of my own employees have been putting work before their own health.
Even at the most progressive companies, many employees worry they will be judged or penalized if they take time off for a routine check-up. An August 2016 survey of over 2,000 Americans that Zocdoc recently conducted in partnership with Kelton Global found 60 percent of American workers feel uncomfortable leaving work for preventive care, with half saying their employer or company culture has made them feel that way.
The outcome? Nearly nine in 10 employees say they would cancel or delay a preventive care appointment because of workplace pressures. In short, the problem is not just that going to the doctor is stressful—it’s that people are too stressed out about missing work to go to the doctor.
In fact, we recently discovered only one-third of Zocdoc’s over 500 employees are taking full advantage of the...
Frustrated by an onslaught of emails? A new app called Alto, developed by AOL, could be the answer.
Alto gathers emails from multiple accounts, both personal and work, and scans them for keywords to automatically filter them into categories like personal, shopping and photo, for any emails with a photo attached.
Reaching inbox zero is no longer a realistic goal for many people, so instead, Alto simply aims to organize the chaos.
Because of the nature of its keyword-based sorting feature, hiccups could happen. For example, a friend's email with the phrase "that's the ticket!" is very likely to end up in the Travel section.
To learn more, check out the video below from CNET:
At Home Depot, forklift operators can apply for jobs and get hired in 72 hours, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., instructed an Office of Personnel Management official at a Thursday hearing. “But in a government warehouse, it takes up to three months before he hears back.”
That won’t do much to attract the millennial generation so needed to offset the government’s coming retirement wave, Lankford said, noting that millennials—definitions vary but all are under age 40—are now only 16 percent of the government workforce. Surveys show this age group is turned off by the lengthy and cumbersome hiring process; the General Schedule system’s “rigidity that treats everyone the same;” and jobs that are often “unrewarding,” where “incentives to excel are rare,” Lankford said.
What’s worse, a Government Accountability Office official told the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Federal Management Subcommittee, “The increase of the number of millennials of working age has coincided with several events in the federal government—such as hiring freezes, sequestration, furloughs and a 3-year freeze on statutory annual pay adjustments from 2011 to 2013—that OPM and others contend negatively affected federal employee morale and limited opportunities for new employees to...