Our Story of Diversity in the Tech World

Jules Raynes
Content Specialist
Proposition
March 22, 2022

All of us are true artists in what we do. So why is this a big deal? Because we work in the tech industry, an industry not often associated with diversity. One that is more in line with white middle-aged, university-educated men. A world where creativity and individualism are not the norm and social bias plays a huge part in how you move up in the industry.

"A culture is as great as its dreams and its dreams are dreamed by artists."  

Granted this quote comes from L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, but it's a powerful quote indeed - “a culture is as great as its dreams and its dreams are dreamed by artists!”
Proposition's culture exists because of the diversity of our people and the dreams we have within our roles. We have arrived from different countries, with varying degrees of education, some of us are members of the LGBTQ+ community and half of our team are women. Our unique perspectives enable our team to solve problems from different directions and develop truly distinctive and creative ideas.
 
All of us are true artists in what we do, so why is that such a big deal? Because we work in the tech world, an industry not often associated with diversity. One that is more in line with white middle-aged, university-educated men. A world where creativity and individualism are not the norms and social bias plays a huge part in how you move up in the industry.  

We understand that creativity and technology don't have to be mutually exclusive and yet for so long it has been. For centuries males were predominant in studying math and science and so it made sense that those skills, degrees, and talents transitioned well into the tech world. But as technology has changed, so have the skills of humans behind it. Sharing knowledge and processes are made easier every day through technological tools and resources. So, in fact, technology is making it easier for our workforce to be diverse. It allows us to hire more creative people with different cultural and educational backgrounds. And yet, it’s still such a slow grind.

A report from the National Center for Women & Information Technology showed that only 25 percent of the tech workforce are made up of women. It's been an uphill battle since the beginning of time and one that a lot of companies still need to climb, but inch by inch they are opening their doors to diversity and inclusion. Businesses that focus on this are more likely to have better employee engagement and retain employees compared to companies that don't focus on a diverse work culture.

“The tech world has changed a lot since I joined Proposition four years ago. The world has made a lot of progress, especially in the SaaS space but we still have a long way to go to bring the whole Tech industry forward. I’m very proud to be in a team with cultural diversity and diversity in thought. Working with talented and driven women in the business and client-side has been inspiring. My hope is for everyone to embrace their creativity and challenge the normative. Change is always uncomfortable but it’s usually so worth it.” - Tommy Jiang Growth Lead at Proposition

We here at Proposition are not the perfect example of diversity. Especially as New Zealand gravitates to incorporate Te Reo Māori into our everyday lives, we still need to make those changes within our team and content as well. But knowing that is on the horizon is exciting for a team that already celebrates their differences every day.  

Representation in the workplace is always fluid and a slow process. But these changes in our culture contribute far beyond innovative ideas and talents, it brings us closer to how the world should be.

We strive every day to do better and be better in our work, and although the road is long, it's a wonderful journey to be on.

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