We have a strong network of women at Smoothwall who have set up their own LeanIn circle. LeanIn.org is a charity committed to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals. By providing an active and supportive community, women can exchange ideas and share their stories as they intend to inspire, teach and connect.
Smoothwall are proud to be signatories of The Tech Talent Charter, which encourages organisations to address gender disparity in several ways. These include building attraction, recruitment and retention practices that are designed to increase the diversity of the workforce; defining a strategy and timetable for change, along with measuring the current diversity of the organisation.
Smoothwall have pledged to provide data on our current diversity and the gender pay gap, and we are constantly working to improve the diversity of our workforce. We are doing this through ensuring, where appropriate, that a woman is always considered for a role, and that our interview process is fair and open to women. This includes having a diverse interview panel and coaching our staff on how to avoid discrimination. We are also constantly working towards introducing better benefits for all our employees that give equal opportunities to enjoy a work / life balance, especially for parents.
We’ve partnered up with PwC to create The Tech She Can Charter, a commitment by organisations to work together to increase the number of women working in technology roles in the UK. It aims to tackle the root cause of the problem at a societal level by inspiring and educating young girls and women to get into tech careers and sharing best practice across the organisations involved.
The current landscape is bleak, only 27% of female students surveyed by PwC would consider a career in technology, and only 16% of female students had technology suggested to them as a potential career from their school.
We’ll be pledging our commitment to the Tech She Can Charter by talking to school children about their career choices; highlighting the opportunities that are available to them by picking a career in tech. We’ll also be celebrating our own female role models from Smoothwall, and sharing resources and best practice to help spread this important message.
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