It would be nice to live in a fair and equal world, wouldn't it? Unfortunately, that isn't the case, no matter where we live. Yes, some places are more equal than others. For example, in the USA and the UK, women are allowed to drive, while in the Saudi Arabia they are not. But discrimination by gender, age, ethnicity and religion are still prevalent, even in the West, despite many laws designed to stop this. But technological developments have the potential to address this balance. They are or could change things in the following ways.
By Addressing The Gender Pay Gap
The first issue to discuss that is problematic across the world, is the difference between the treatment of the genders in the workplace. Men are still likely to be paid a higher wage for doing the same job as their female counterparts. Which is not only unfair but also illegal in many places. So why is this still happening?
Well in part could be that people are unaware of the wage difference between themselves and others in the company that they work for. Many people see wage figures as a taboo subject that should not be discussed. So it would be pretty difficult to know if any of the people doing the same job as you are earning a higher wage or not
However, technology is providing a solution for this. That solution comes in the form of companies that are now offering gender pay reporting services. They will take the wages data from your company and work out whether there is a gap between the male and female rates. This is useful because it makes it a lot easier for companies that want to deal with this see where they are.
Rectifying this issue if pretty important, firstly because it is ethically correct. Secondly, because you will want to adhere to The Equal Pay Act of 1963. In fact, in some countries like the United Kingdom, it is now becoming law that companies have to publish their pay statistics.
These will include the differences between male and female wages. Which of course can be very damaging to a company's reputation with their customers. It can also affect their ability to hire and retain good quality staff of both genders in the future. So it is definitely worth getting sorted.
By Educating People On What Their Rights Are
Another way in which technology can make things more equal is that it provides access to information about fair treatment.
For example, it is now very easy to look up the laws governing your state, or situation and get the advice you need to make a valid case to your employer. If you feel that they are not playing by the rules.
Also, there are many organizations out there that you can contact easily through your mobile devices.
These groups will offer advice on the steps you need to take when dealing with an employer that is discriminating against you. Remember knowledge is power and the more people that know their rights, the less chance for discrimination there will be.
By Allowing A More Varied Workforce
Another way in which tech has the power to even out the playing field of the world of work is by providing adapted and remote working environments. Many people can benefit from these such as folks with disabilities, mental health issues, and those with childcare concerns. By working at home, those that might have been precluded from the workforce because of these issues are still able to work.
People with physical disabilities can use voice recognition for typing. Or work with assistive technologies tailored to their own particular situation. Moms can work from home in the evenings, with the use of computer and a phone line. So they are not at a disadvantage because they can't find any child care. Also, those with mental health difficulties such as anxiety can continue to work. While being removed from many of the things that trigger their problems.
This not only is excellent for the people that are involved for their own personal satisfaction. It can also help to reduce the burden on the state regarding welfare. These good things that can be facilitated by the use of simple tech in the home.
By Reducing Recruitment Bias
Lastly, another way in which tech has the power to make things fairer in business in the recruitment process. Many scientific reports have shown that most human beings show unconscious bias.
By phasing out or reducing the human factor in the recruitment process, you can eliminate this bias. Resulting in an effective and diverse workforce.
The idea is that this would primarily be done through the use of Artificial Intelligence or AI as its known. This means that particular skills could still be searched for. Without negative biases associated with gender, age and ethnicity becoming involved.
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