There has been a lot of talk about issues of equality in the tech world in the past year. We at Tempo and TM Software have always been aware of those issues, and we constantly strive to improve our work culture in every way possible. But now we feel it is necessary for us to address those issues head-on.
TM Software’s Equal Opportunity Employment policy strictly forbids discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. Our employees share the same opportunities for personal and professional growth throughout our organization. We believe that people with the same position, with the same education and skill set should enjoy the same opportunities and rewards. Furthermore, we have always strived to create a family-friendly work environment, and to provide our team members with the necessary flexibility to accomplish their goals at home as well as in the workplace.
But there is a lot of work to be done in the industry at large, and our company is no exception.
As it stands, TM Software’s ratio of female employees is only marginally higher than the US national average, so we still have a ways to go. These findings are a concern, and we are confident that our peers throughout the Atlassian ecosystem feel the same way.
Conscientiousness and a commitment to social responsibility are a good first step, but how can we effectively address the unfortunate gender imbalance within the technology field? Recent studies in the US indicate that, despite girls showing an equal or greater aptitude in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math), there is a considerable drop-off in the participation rate of female students studying mathematics and computer science within the field of higher education. As a result, this imbalance is further exaggerated within the workplace. Recent numbers for the job market here in Iceland (where we are headquartered) indicate that we also suffer from this decline in equality as students progress throughout the educational system.
One possible step involves setting up a mentorship program which aims to inspire young women of high school and college age to consider a career in tech and the computer sciences. This mentoring program would involve us at TM Software throwing our doors open to show young women the different roles and opportunities in tech and providing them with any guidance they may need. We are very excited about future mentoring opportunities, and hope to have more updates on that soon.
We believe that a welcoming work environment is a healthy work environment, and we will do everything we can to promote an open, friendly, and respectful space for ALL of our employees. Anything less and we’re cheating our industry out of future prosperity.
We would also like to take the opportunity to say that we take enormous pride in all of our employees, and are grateful for the amazing work they’ve done to help Tempo grow and build practical, innovative, value-adding products for our clients. Our transformation from building a practical in-house solution to a successful international product development team has been quite the adventure, and it simply would never have been possible without them. Personal and social transformation go hand-in-hand, and we believe diversity and inclusiveness can only enhance this transformation.