Tech Inclusion Solution: Day 64: Create Career Pathways For Tech’s Invisible Workforce (janitors, security and support staff)
100 Solutions to Diversity and Inclusion in tech.
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Solution: Create Career Pathways For Tech’s Invisible Workforce (janitors, security and support staff)
I would like to see companies appreciating and providing more opportunities to the Tech’s invisible workforce: janitors, security and support staff that keep the companies safe, clean and functioning.
This idea comes from Laura Gomez, the daughter of a nanny and current CEO of Atipica and also from my experience as a daughter of a McDonald’s janitor. I believe that companies can do better ask your building security guards, office janitors, gardeners if their kids need a job, internship or a scholarship. Why not create an internship or summer program for the children or relatives students who are first-generation students and open doors to people who don’t have a lot of connections?
A lot of the people who work in these positions tend to come from be underrepresented backgrounds. Inclusion should not only be limited to a certain part of the workforce. Tech companies can do a better job bringing invisible workforce out of the shadows.
Diversity and Inclusion In Tech Solution Submitted by Karen
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