People want to improve diversity and engineering in tech, but often don’t know where to start, or resist do anything at all due to worries about making mistakes, misconceptions around costs or the incorrect belief that the industry and system are okay as they are.
Behind the scenes, there are several things you can do to help foster an inclusive culture, but to be a truly diverse and inclusive company, you have to ensure your hiring process is attracting a diverse pool of talent. It’s not just about casting your net far and wide or asking agencies to find you ‘diverse candidates’, the job spec also matters. Whether you create a formal document, create posts across social media platforms or list on recruitment boards, first impressions count. Especially if your organisation is a startup or less well-known.
What is wrong with many advertisements?
While a job spec covers the trifecta of organisational culture, perks and benefits, and the role and person scope, an inclusive one needs to go further and think about:
- support and development;
- accessibility; and
- other specific needs.
Technology has a bad, but accurate rap for being a cis male-dominated industry. It is changing, but very slowly and in some areas/at senior levels, the amount of women in tech is actually shrinking. It is up to us, as organisations, to take affirmative action to not only prevent this drain, but rebuild and crucially, widen the pipeline.
, Director of Engineering at Unity Technology believes there is often a mismatch in expectations versus reality:
It’s important to be thoughtful and considerate with the way you’re advertising the role, but it’s equally important to be truthful. Creating a ‘perfect’ inclusive job advert isn’t enough – it also needs to accurately represent the working environment… It’s disappointing when a company places a strong emphasis on how they support flexible schedules and remote working, but in reality, that flexibility only exists if you’re in a specific role or not being managed by a specific person, who prefers in-office communication and presenteeism.