Monday, March 27, 2017

The Truth Behind Diversity Numbers - FORTUNE

by Ellen McGirt
Originally published: March 23, 2017

Two studies reminded me today that behind every data set, there are people. And sometimes they can tell us more about the real world than just numbers alone.

The first is a new survey commissioned by the software development company Atlassian, who was looking to better understand the attitudes about diversity held by employees across the technology sector. It was a bit of a head-scratcher. Despite the industry’s dismal representation numbers across the board, employees tended to think that things were mostly okay at their own HQs. Among the 1,400 tech workers polled, 83% say diversity in tech is important, but only half believe improvements need to be made at their own firms. High-level talking points about inclusion don’t seem to be trickling down.