Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in SaaS
Increasing broadness of unique perspectives in business is the right thing to do. And, when companies prioritize diversity, inclusion, and equity, research shows their efforts also pay dividends financially.
SaaS leaders building companies from the ground up face particular challenges in deliberately recruiting, hiring, and retaining talent with diverse backgrounds. If you’re interested in implementing initiatives to build an inclusive and diverse work space, you might not know where to start. Here are some resources that we hope will help you develop a plan.
Connect with a Cause
The following resources provide insight on where/how to start implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives and how diversity and inclusion positively impacts an organization.
- Inclusion Starts with I (by Accenture)
- Humanize Diversity and Inclusion (by Damien Hooper-Campbell, Chief Diversity Officer of eBay)
- How to Get Serious about Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (by Janet Stovall)
- Why Diversity Matters (by Dr. Katherine Phillips)
- Diversity in the Workplace 101
- 55+ Ideas to Promote Inclusion and Workplace Diversity in 2019
- LinkedIn’s 50+ Ideas for Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
- Forbes’s How to Lead the Push for Diversity in the Workplace
- Getting It Right: Understanding and Managing Diversity in the Workplace
- 4 Ways to Embrace Diversity for Workplace Success
- How Employees with Disabilities Can Fill Tech Skills Gaps and Drive Innovation
Tools for a More Diverse and Inclusive Workplace
- Implicit Association Tests allow people to evaluate their unconscious biases
Remove biases while searching for candidates
- Antibias and Unbias are Google Chrome extensions that hide people’s names and LinkedIn profile pictures when searching for candidates
- Interviewing.io promotes objective technical hiring
Use inclusive language
- Textio Hire helps a manager choose language that best appeals to their audience
- Gender Decoder (free) uses scholarly research to determine if job advertisements use language that appeals more to a certain gender
Create inclusive environments
- Compa.as allows companies to easily identify pay gaps between employees
- Allie is a Slack bot that provides employees a safe space to submit D&I concerns
Companies Making an Effort
While many companies have already started this push for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, here are some specific examples:
- Microsoft and AT&T created employee resource groups that “provide support, advocacy, education, mentoring, and more to groups such as women, generations, military veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community,” (Moran, 2017).
- Microsoft started the Autism Hiring Program to create a more comfortable environment for people with autism
- Lenovo scored 100% on the Corporate Index with their healthcare coverage, public engagement, and competency programs
- Accenture was one of the first tech companies to publicly share its workforce demographics and D&I goals
- HP won 6 awards over the past year for its commitment to diversity and inclusion
Here are ratings of 10 top tech companies in regards to their diversity and inclusion initiatives and practices
Resources for People in Minority Groups
People with Differing Abilities
- In this article, you can find specific recommendations for positions that may be fitting for an individual with a disability.
- Project Search and Source America are organizations that place individuals with significant disabilities in jobs.
- If an individual with a disability is interested in starting their own business, this guide has numerous resources and advice, including:
- The Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) government program to help individuals with disabilities return to work
- Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) Certification for businesses in which the majority of owners have a disability
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