Women’s representation at the workplace is an important issue that needs to be taken care of. The problem is even more grave in the IT and technology sector, where there aren’t enough women in the first place.
However, here is some good news where a report places a big tech company’s non-female CEO right at the very top of a list of worldwide companies where women feel appreciated.
Comparably.com has come out with a list of the best companies to work for at their annual Leadership Awards, companies that got high marks from their employees for both encouraging diversity and being a great place for women to work.
The CEO of a big tech company being rated by the company’s own women employees is a good trend towards improved diversity and women’s representation at work.
The Comparably list was compiled based on anonymous employee sentiment analysis, according to a Fast Company report, and it didn’t require any fees for participation either.
The fact that Satya Nadella has been rated so highly by Microsoft’s women employees is worth noting because way back in 2014 the Indian-origin Microsoft CEO had apologized following an insensitive comment he had made on women’s pay.
A vicious circle has developed in the tech startup landscape wherein it is harder today to attract female employees than male employees. This means that being passive about gender, race or any other dimension of diversity is not good enough. As a company, it is important to be proactive and intentional.
While we are at it, it is important to reiterate that more and more involvement of women in the startup sector that is dominated by young, males, and potentially a dropout from one of three or four elite universities.