The world of tech is a male dominated place, and so it is naturally biased.
It is a world which has been created by men. They have defined the rules and structures by successes in the past.
They often aren't aware there are other ways which could be equally, if not more successful. These new ways are risky and unproven, and it's easier to stick with what you know.
As more women enter the tech world, and more conversations happen, we continue to highlight the bias and introduce new approaches.
This can feel tough. We are introducing change and trying to demonstrate that there is a different way in a world which isn't designed for us. We build evidence to show that incorporating female approaches the tech world makes it even better.
We will continually be knocked back and rejected. Our work will go unnoticed. We'll feel tired, overwhelmed and frustrated.
But know that as we work in this world we are influencing change. We are showing that we are worthy, we add and we bring new approaches and insights that are making a difference to the products and services being developed.
Sometimes it takes longer than we want it to, but change is happening.
Know that we are the ones leading the way for girls of the future. One day the gender balance in tech will be equal, and tech will look back and wonder what it did without us.
Do you agree?
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Hi, I'm currently looking for a part-time or contract work
My name is Naomi from Kenya, I'm a data/business analyst with 1 year of experience and I am looking for opportunities. The power of data is changing the business world, and that's the reason I am here.
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Hi I’m in the Bay Area and in a position where I can move.
I was laid off last month as an executive assistant. Is the Bay overrun now?
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My heart is so conflicted as I've had a tempestuous relationship with a direct report since the beginning but tried to give him a chance.
While I was on vacation, he showed his true colors, didn't do any work for company leaders and forced my hand with HR. While I'm ready for him to leave, I hate that this needs to happen. I don't want to deal with him anymore and not looking forward to seeing him next week. Should I continue to meet with him or let the chips fall and then resume meetings if he stays the company.
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Colleague is not delivering and I'm going to have to request our supervisors get involved
A colleague I've been counting on to finish reports that are his responsibility to complete and send to our client is just not doing the work. I understand he may be overwhelmed and that the work is unpleasant, but it's been several weeks of him promising these two reports are on the way without any product to share. The client is starting to get antsy and wants a status meeting in two weeks. I've told him, he says it's on the way, and then nothing. I realize he's been with us for several months and hasn't had a review yet, but this is becoming a problem for me and standing in the way of my success.
I'm not one to go to managers and complain about anyone, but this time, I think I have to. What is the best way to do this without getting the guy fired? I know if his boss tells him to get moving on the reports and finish them asap, he'll know I said something.
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Looking for ideas to create a positive work environment.
I was recently hired as the general manager of a large facility with a small staff (less than a dozen). Most of the staff have been there for years. Two are brother and sister. Two are husband and wife. Many are close friends. I'm an outsider hired into the organization in the top onsite management position. I've been warned by off-site management there will likely be pushback. I truly do want, need, and value their experience and knowledge! I don't have much of a budget to work with, so I cannot just offer them all raises. I'd like to create an environment that SHOWS them each they are valued. I will speak to them all with respect. I will verbalize their importance. But I'm hoping some of my FGB crew has some additional, possibly creative, ways that could help me join the team, as the leader, while making sure they all see that they are valued and respected.
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Heres my situation...I currently live in a sober house but am about to get kicked out due to a positive test for cocaine.
They are suggesting I go to a 28 day rehab. I don't want to get fired from my job. I dont qualify for FMLA since I haven't worked here a year yet. If I don't go to the rehab I will have to move to a shelter somewhere in the area I'm in to be able to get to work everyday. What should I do? How do I tell my boss I need 28- 30 days off for rehab? Or should I rough it out in a shelter for a bit until I can afford a place? I need some feedback. Im indecisive!