Diversity in tech should be part of your DNA
- Posted on September 7, 2016
This is a two-part Diversity in Technology blog post written by Sarah Adam-Gedge, Managing Director of Avanade Australia, in celebration of Avanade Australia's TechDiversity Award.
Futurists say that the change we will experience over the next 20 years will be more than we have experienced in the entire prior history of time driven by massive shifts in technology. These shifts in technology are creating a revolution in the way we live, how we connect, and the type of work we, and future generations, will do.
IDC and Gartner have both predicted a surge in demand for digitization in all facets of an enterprise over the coming year. These predictions are becoming a reality, and as such are an irresistible force driving companies to rethink their response to markets and reshape their operations. They have implications for how we all work and interact across family, friends, colleagues and suppliers.
As the way we work has fundamentally changed to an anywhere-anytime ‘office,’ plus more dual-income households, flexible workplaces are becoming the norm. This flexibility is vital for women, and becoming increasingly important for men. Organisations with progressive flexible workplace policies will tend to attract and retain a more engaged workforce.
So how do we manage to remain connected to our employees when we are facing an increasingly geographically and culturally diverse business environment?
Do Not Underestimate the Power of Technology
According to the International Centre for Research on Women’s (ICRW) research, ‘the potential to advance women economically may be the most transformative feature of technology.’ The benefits are profound, including improving the economic status of women with positive economic and welfare outcomes for children, families and societies.
Accenture has found that digital fluency – the extent to which people embrace and use digital technologies to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective – plays a key role in helping women achieve gender equality and level the playing field. The report provides empirical proof that women are using digital skills to gain an edge in preparing for work, finding work and advancing at work. Digital fluency acts as an accelerant at every stage of a woman’s career, and with further investment from government and business, it can be a powerful influence in both education and employment for women, and an increasingly important factor for advancing into the ranks of leadership.
In our next blog post, learn how creating a transparent Diversity & Inclusion program can be a leading differentiator in a competitive market.