This is a constant hot-button issue and we are more than pleased to say that our offices do an excellent job of ensuring that equality and respect are constantly followed. In fact, it’s pretty much second nature for everyone that works around here – we share an office with our sister companies GRAYBOX and Run AMZ – so much so that no one batted an eye when our receptionist, Rachael, got to bring her new baby into work. Actually, we miss Mia. It makes it all the more troubling and confusing when articles like this surface, or the issues around Uber and their CEO, or any number of other problems with women in tech.
Especially in a small business, equality is essential. Again, this is a strange topic to be talking about in 2017, but the fact that there is still a wage gap boggles the mind. It is a wonderful thing to work somewhere that values each person as a human, intrinsically, rather than looking at gender, race, or anything else and making assumptions based on those things. This holds very true for a small business where being picky or singling people out based on gender simply doesn’t make sense.
Hiring based on gender makes about as much sense as hiring based on shoe size, or eye color, or friends on Facebook. As ludicrous as it seems, there are plenty of people who would tell you that it isn’t as easy as simply finding the most qualified individual for a role, that gender does play into a hiring decision, and that women, for one reason or another, should only make a fraction of what an equivalent man makes. That’s garbage.
Harassment at work also seems like such an infantile problem that hardly warrants any sort of mention, but it happens, sadly enough. The office, as it turns out, is not a locker room – despite what some men in high ranking positions have suggested. Women in tech and minorities should never feel like they are being treated differently, should never be treated differently, and a small business that treats people with respect can go a long way. Just look at Uber. It wasn’t even an employee that was treated with little dignity or respect and they have been struggling. There are other moral issues with Uber, but running an ethical business, no matter what you do or where you are, is a massive boost to doing business in this day and age.
There are fewer women in tech as role models, but that is slowly changing. Things are looking up, but deciding early on in your small business to hire in an unbiased manner is foundational. Doing business means doing good business and corporate social responsibility is part and parcel of doing good business. CSR means more than just hiring women, but hiring the best qualified person regardless of age, gender, creed, nationality, or any other issue that can single a person out is unacceptable.
Let us know what you think. We love working with small businesses, especially those that honor human dignity.