How DEI has an impact in the United States workplace. The tech industry stands apart from other industries with its promise to build a brand new future
The tech industry stands apart from other industries with its promise to build a brand new future. However, as forward-thinking as the industry can be, it also suffers from stagnation in some areas, especially in regards to the demographics of its biggest players.
Though it has made strides in the last decade, the tech industry remains extremely homogenous — a 2019 survey revealed that people of color made up only five percent of employees at Silicon Valley tech firms, and women hold around just 28 percent of tech industry roles. If tech companies want to build an industry that truly looks toward new horizons, they need to make DEI a central part of their values.
“We as employers need to make sure we’re including these individuals and that we’re giving them equity,” said Catalina Colman, Director of HR and Inclusion at Built In. “We need to make sure that, not only do they have a job, but they have the same ability to get promoted, to contribute and have the same impact — in the world and in the workplace — as their peers.”
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is vital to creating and maintaining a successful workplace; one founded on the principle that all people can thrive personally and professionally. Before you begin to reevaluate your efforts and implement new practices, it’s important that you fully understand each component, both individually and how they work together.