Despite our efforts to create a more gender-balanced environment in companies, there is still a huge gender gap in almost every company, especially in the tech industry. McKinsey and LeanIn.Org conducted a study called Women in the Workplace 2016 in which some astonishing numbers were found:
According to the research, 36% of workers in entry-level positions were women, 25% were vice president, and only 17% were c-suite executives.
It is very important to point out that the necessity to increase these numbers is mainly because, as a developed society, we cannot accept and prevail this injustice in which 50% of the population has to undergo a process of discrimination. Also, these numbers should be also increased since women can offer a very significant and outstanding differential value to a technology company. One outstanding trait in which women usually excel is communication, with strengths in reading body language, listening, and displaying empathy. Communication is vital in the survival and development of a company.
Businesses need people on their team to effectively relay messages and concepts to other team members, as well as to the public. Hence, if the message that is to be displayed is not successfully sent, the company will not succeed. Moreover, if a business is not able to communicate their targets: How much can the team realistically accomplish if expectations are not clearly defined and executed? Also, due to technology being a complex field that scares many people and can be difficult to understand; women can explain technology in an approachable way that the public can connect with and understand. In addition, women are effective at discussion and emotion since they have an innate natural focus on connection and relation, which, ultimately, leads to growing communities and industries. This is something extremely valuable and important in a company because it will drive the company’s development towards a successful growth and a more established status.
Like anything, balance is often the best approach, and if this balance is reached, not only companies will be extremely enriched, but our overall economy will experience an outstanding growth and would benefit a lot from it.