re: Some Things You May Have Missed in the Stack Overflow Developer Survey (2019 Edition) VIEW POST

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Some really great takeaways in here, I also think that some of these questions had some pretty sad results -- like 2.5% of people putting themselves as the most influential person in tech! Also, feelings of competence and workplace toxicity split by gender.

 

Very true. The difference in feelings of competence was striking. I also thought the gender differences in job factors is something most companies should look at if they truly care about improving diversity within their teams.

job priorities

This is the opposite of how I see most job postings promoted, which is to focus on the technologies and frameworks you would get to use - something that ranks at the top for men but significantly lower for women. This means that perhaps we need to think about how we promote our jobs (putting culture, flexibility and professional development up front) if we want to attract more women (notably, non-binary also put culture at the top as well).

 

I also find them focusing on in-office perks, because they think that will keep people satisfied as they work long hours there. For many women who are the default care-takers the ability to be productive outside of the office and the value the company places on THEIR family is more important.

Agreed. I have seen companies promote things like game rooms and beer taps as perks but those are often signals to many applicants (not just women, but especially women) of the kind of culture a place has and what they value.

And to be fair, I love game rooms and pingpong! However, I would hope that's an every so often brain break instead of a perk designed to keep me chained to the office. I love my job and my work, but I value my life, my family, my hobbies. It's important to me that a job does not attempt to merge the two in the hopes of extracting more of my time and energy.

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