Diversity Is Still a Significant Problem in the IT Industry

There are many perspectives and voices about diversity in the IT industry. Although diversity and inclusion (D&I) offers clear benefits, many organizations find it challenging to implement. Many organizations believe that they promote a diverse and inclusive culture. However, in reality, only 40% of employees agree that their managers foster an inclusive culture. In this article at Information Age, Aaron Hurst explains why there is a diversity problem in the tech industry.

Factors to Consider

Workplaces represent sociocultural dynamics. Workplace diversity is an asset for businesses because it fosters innovation, creativity, and empathy contrary to the homogenous work culture. However, organizations must carefully nurture diversity to unleash its true potential. How? Companies must handle the monotony in the tech industry by “driving initial interest in the industry from candidates from underrepresented groups to building a truly inclusive internal culture,” says Hurst.

Misconception to Debunk

Many enterprises in the tech sector carry a misconception that a degree in computer science and coding are prerequisites. With many available online courses, upskilling IT knowledge is simpler than ever. On the other hand, several studies have revealed gender and racial bias force talented female and minority employees to quit. Surveys also showed that the most common barrier for women employees’ success in the tech industry is their misconception that technology is all about coding.

Lack of Venture Funding

Surveys have found that only 0.24% of venture capital investment went to founders of underrepresented groups. Needless to say, this is a staggeringly low figure. Industry leaders report that women and entrepreneurs from marginalized communities still receive insufficient venture funding. This indicates that tech companies are extremely slow at adopting diversity.

To read the original article, click on https://www.information-age.com/why-lack-of-diversity-in-tech-remains-problem-123497406/.

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