Recently, the Boston Business Journal interviewed CareerAgility founder, Julia Geisman, and several other leading experts on workplace diversity and inclusion, for an article on tech companies and the gender gap. Geisman was able to draw on the more than 6000 survey responses CareerAgility has received conducting the L.E.A.P. Scorecard. “A lot of the feedback is that the tech industry’s corporate culture is a frat boy environment,” she was quoted as saying.
In the article, Geisman mentions that many companies have skills programs for women but this isn’t enough. “Development is easy. It’s easy to build skills," Geisman said. "But if the environment is not inclusive and receptive, and does not afford women equal opportunity for advancement or to make a contribution to projects, they are not going to stay.”
"But if the environment is not inclusive and receptive, and does not afford women equal opportunity for advancement or to make a contribution to projects, they are not going to stay.”
And when women don’t stay, that’s when CareerAgility gets the call. In the article Geisman describes various scenarios that spur companies to benchmark their work environments. “There are companies that are shamed into doing something about gender diversity," Geisman said. "And then there are other companies that are being financially pressured into doing something with gender diversity because their investors are saying you need to do something about this." It’s not all gloom and doom though, more organizations than ever recognize the value of diversity and are committed to equality in the workplace. With the quantitative data to help companies establish baselines, CareerAgility provides a systemic view of an entire organization. We provide actionable data unique to each participating company, pinpointing the best allocation of resources for organizations that want real change. Please click here to read the entire story Subscription required to read the entire interview.