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Workforce concerns in tech

“Bro” culture, gender bias and micromanagement were top concerns among women in tech who were dissatisfied with their employers, according to a survey from Elpha, again pulling from Axios.

Hiring bias is only one cause of tech’s gender imbalance. Another problem is that women leave the industry because they find the environment works against their success.

A lack of female representation in leadership and an environment with persistent harassment and gender bias were the top two reasons for women who didn’t recommend their employer to other women.

By contrast, women who were happy at their employer cited as key factors: having a female CEO or founder and having male allies — as well as just feeling respected, valued and listened to.

More broadly, More than one-third of U.S. employees say the technology involved in daily work frustrates them, according to data published Wednesday by Eagle Hill Consulting. The survey consulted 1,000 U.S. employees across various industries.

Of those surveyed, 44% said workplace technology either does nothing to make them feel happy in their job or makes their work harder. One-third of employees say their company’s technology doesn’t help or makes it harder to serve internal or external customers. 

Why do we care?

The tech industry has both challenge and opportunity.  I remain convinced that working on these problems are part of the key to a winning strategy.     If you can’t serve 51% of customers, you should be considering changing the way you work.    Fixing tech’s gender imbalance is part of that.   This show’s own research still shows tech leadership by women at less than 20%.  

Plus, we’re not even doing that great with the tech itself.  Couple that with Wednesday’s data on tech sentiment, and you see the paths to be different.