'Life is too short to hate your job': Lessons from tech's culture crisis
Monday, June 17, 2019
Posted by: Sandy Thomas
Twenty years out from the burst of the dot-com bubble, and 15 years after the launch of Facebook, the tech industry narrative has metastasized. Now, banks, hotels, automakers and financial firms all claim to be "tech" companies — and talent pros from all backgrounds have looked to tech when prototyping an organizational culture to attract workers.
But recently, beer taps, ball pits, open-office plans and innovation have been overshadowed by shadow workforces, "stack and rank," diversity deficiencies, and harassment allegations. In the past year, workers at Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook have spoken up about their issues with their companies, and leaders have noticed.
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"We're in this age of people speaking their voices," Trisha Degg, VP, talent programs and operations at the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), told HR Dive in an interview. "People are speaking out more than they ever have in the past. In the dot-com boom, the exposure the common person had was less because you couldn't go online and share."