How Logitech Focuses on Equity in the Workplace
There are several ways tech companies can work toward equity, according to Donné. The first is through engaging with organizations like Girls Who Code to help educate girls at the K–12 level. Companies should also work to recruit female candidates for tech and engineering roles.
“We have to be patient, we have to search harder and we have to ask our recruiters to really bring more choices, more diversity to the recruitment process,” she says.
Additionally, companies should look at the products they offer and at their audience. When Donné started working at Logitech, she says, she pointed out to her team that her own hands were too small to use the company’s vertical mouse. Recently, it rolled out the Logitech Lift, a vertical ergonomic mouse.
“We actually identified that women are most subjected to pain in the neck and arm, and it’s related to various things,” she says. “Sometimes, it can be that the equipment they use is not adapted for them; it’s too wide, or the mouse is too big.”
Donné says she hopes the report opens the eyes of schools and tech companies to the reality of inequity in the workplace. “It’s a wake-up call. We need to do something now. We’re all in it.”