This collection of lists is predominantly skewed towards gender diversity in tech. I don’t mean to imply that racial diversity is less important, but this collection sprung out of discussions related to James Damore’s memo.
- Hiring. Male candidates receive more call-backs than female candidates. This may be due to expectation mismatches between female applicants and male screeners.
- Promotion. Women are assessed on their performance whereas men are assessed on their potential.
- Diversity efforts. Women and underrepresented groups are penalized for promoting diversity.
- Sexual harassment. Sexual harassment reports are often ignored, including when reported by women to women. Uber is not unique.
- Retention. Women leave tech 45% more frequently than men, but only 27% of time citing family as a reason.
Gender diversity in tech is important. Here are some reasons why:
- Economics. Higher diversity balanced companies have seen better financial returns. 15% for gender-balance, 35% for ethnicity-balance.
- Access to a wider hiring pool. There is a labor shortage with 627,000 open tech jobs as of April, 2017. Getting more women to apply to your jobs increases your odds of finding a great qualified candidate. 10,741 women graduated with Computer Science Bachelor’s degrees, 48,840 men in 2014-2015. Improving your funnel could increase your pool of candidates by 18%.
- Problem-solving. Diverse teams solve problems more quickly. Like in this study of cognitive diversity.
Are there any links I should add? Please let me know!