I began this blog ten weeks ago with a big cup of coffee in hand, staring blankly at the page in front of me. Never having blogged before, I was nervous, but throughout this process, I have become more confident in the weekly hobby. It has opened me up to so many different sources for news, data, and research. I have to say that The Atlantic has been my favorite publisher. The articles are both informative but personable. The data and statistics they collect are outstanding and really helps to argue their point. This is how you persuade me, evidence and credibility.
I have really dove into the subject of women in communications. It is clear that there is much more to be done in the office to support gender equality as well as discrimination. It is a cultural issue which takes time and presence to move forward.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog and the subjects discussed – I know I have learned a lot about myself and the industry throughout the process.
This week I am trying to change the scope of my work to not just women in the industry but diversity as a whole. Companies are aware of the lack of diversity among their employees but are taking little to no steps to change that. What they are failing to realize is by diversifying their workforce it makes the company stronger.
Having a diverse workforce from a variety of backgrounds brings new understandings of life, different solutions to hard questions, and a variety of fresh perspectives. This all contributes to innovative and creative solutions in a competitive market.
People of color make up nearly one-third of today’s labor force; women make up 47 percent; gay and transgender workers make up 7 percent.
“At PwC, we believe in confronting the hard realities—and then doing something about it,” said Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ diversity division led by Maria Castañón Moats,“…If you cannot answer the diversity question clearly and favorably when it is asked in the recruiting process, young people are going to choose to work elsewhere.”
It’s true. Why would I want to work for someone who is simple-minded in their hiring process? Personally, I think that says something about the work they produce (simple-minded). Companies need to capitalize on the need of diversification in the workforce, especially with a younger generation that highly value diversity.