Diversity in Tech: Steps to Take Toward Inclusivity
22 Apr 2021
The tech industry has created tremendous efficiencies that have accelerated business growth and innovation while capturing wealth. In the last decade, there has been a growing interest in diversifying this industry that has such an impact on how we work, communicate, and consume products and services. Yet, increasing the diversity in the tech industry has been elusive and challenging.
Companies have expressed interest in finding diverse talent but often seem to come up short – stating that they cannot find qualified talent, or, as some executives I’ve talked with have stated recently, “they just simply don’t exist.” Concurrently, many candidates from underrepresented communities have difficulty finding opportunities and gaining employment – due to implicit and explicit bias in the hiring process and a lack of exposure to hiring managers and decision makers. At the same time, current tech professionals continue to do more and more with less and less.
There are some key steps that can be taken to create an attractive, inclusive environment that will help increase the diversity of the tech industry. If we all make the effort to do our part, we could see a significant change in a short amount of time.