It’s no secret that women in IT are frustrated with the current progress of the tech industry. In fact, in no city do women make up more than 37 percent of the tech workforce and the stats seem to be getting worse as women are leaving their roles in droves.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and three companies are already paving the way for women in IT. These companies have decided to step up and make a difference to fight the status quo and create a better tech community for all workers.
Pinterest holds its gender parity goals to high standards and is releasing its hiring data publicly. For 2016, Pinterest hopes to grow the number of women engineers at the company to 30%, up from 19%.
To reach this aggressive target, the company is implementing new hiring processes. For one, Pinterest is requiring that at least one woman and one person from an underrepresented background be interviewed for open leadership positions. The company is also evaluating candidates from a broader set of universities and has hired a recruiting partner to help improve diversity.
Organizations can hold themselves to higher standards by discussing their hiring goals publicly. Be transparent about the challenges you’re tackling and the steps that you’re taking to improve.
For the last 5 years, Chicago-based tech consulting firm ThoughtWorks has implemented programs to recruit more women. The results have been impressive and the company has nearly doubled the percentage of women in tech roles to 32% from 17%.
ThoughtWorks actively recruits job seekers outside of computer science and offers extensive training. Of the company’s Software Developers, 40% have degrees outside of computer science in fields like music, economics, accounting and history.
Venture beyond your traditional candidate profile to find individuals who may be missing from your pipeline. Challenge your hiring teams to look beyond the obvious and find individuals who you may be glancing over as great fits for your team.
Intel is paying double referral bonuses to bring in more women and underrepresented minorities. The company has also pledged $300 million over the next five years to build a fuller pipeline of diverse job candidates including funding non-profit groups and educators to support better representation of under-represented communities in tech.
If you want to see change, you need to influence the community that funnels talent into your organization. Change doesn’t happen in a bubble—you need to ‘walk the talk’ to implement true change.
Gaining Equality for Women in Tech
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