Tuesday, March 14, 2017

3 ways tech companies can stop paying lip service to diversity problems - CIO MAGAZINE

by Todd Thibodeaux
Originally published: March 13, 2017
Publisher: cio.com

Employers that aspire to follow in the footsteps of successful diversity initiatives must commit beyond well-intentioned but ineffectual statements and re-branding campaigns.

Many tech organizations tout the importance of diversity and inclusion, but few have successfully acted on those goals. In fact, many businesses make headlines over their diversity programs precisely because of their repeated failure to make meaningful progress. It’s not all bad news, though. Tech businesses like Pinterest, HubSpot and Twitter have largely met their 2016 diversity goals, and continue to work toward addressing underrepresented groups.

Employers that aspire to follow in the footsteps of successful diversity initiatives must commit beyond well-intentioned but ineffectual statements and re-branding campaigns. Truly creating a diverse, inclusive environment requires organizations to step outside of their comfort zones to change their company’s processes and sometimes culture, taking cues from tech firms that have already paved the way.