3 Ways The Pandemic Has Affected Women In Tech

3 Ways The Pandemic Has Affected Women In Tech

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can be felt in every crevice of society as the global healthcare crisis continues to redefine the new normal. It has exacerbated gender equality issues across industries and women in tech are suffering as a result.

 Here is a look at 3 issues facing women in tech today and how the pandemic has shifted the dynamics of the workplace:

  1. The pandemic has stressed out women more- While for most people working from home seems like a reprieve from the stressors of the office for others it has its challenges. For women, the work from home movement has done away with long stressful commutes and time spent doing makeup and putting together outfits for the office. However, research has found that remote work has not alleviated women from childcare and household duties. It has found that females are twice as likely to fulfill those duties even when their male partners worked from home. The unequal distribution of work is not a new challenge for heterosexual couples. The pandemic has made the imbalance more pronounced. When schools shut down due to the pandemic, childcare became temporarily unavailable, and women had to become full time caregivers as well as full time employees. While research shows that remote workers tend to be happier and more productive that in-office employees that balance depends on how many distractions are present at home. For a woman being preoccupied with household chores and family responsibility may lessen productivity and make it hard to concentrate.
  2. The pandemic has changed job options- Inherently, due to gender inequality there are less job opportunities available to women than men. A study of women in tech has found that twice as many women were like to lose their jobs or be furloughed during COVID-19 than men. On a large scale, the pandemic has caused many people to reassess the directions and priorities of their lives. For women, whether returning to work after COVID-19, childbirth, or a resume gap, it is important to know that workplace options are available.
  3. The pandemic contributed to women in tech experiencing burnout- Studies have been done about the effect of the pandemic on women in tech. One study found that 79% of working mom have reported feeling burnt out by their responsibilities. Another study found that burnout happened 63% of the time for women with male bosses versus 44% of instances with female bosses. Furthermore, tech is rigorous as an industry. A study showed that more than 57% of tech sector workers felt burnout. This high figure can be attributed to excessive workload, toxic culture, and lack of growth opportunities for most entry to mid-level tech workers of both genders.

Currently, many global tech companies are pushing for diversity initiatives when it comes to hiring practices. Such causes have never been more profound than during the COVID-19 pandemic which has irretrievably and permanently changed society. During the pandemic, women in tech are feeling stressed out, limited with job options, and prone to burnout. As a result, what women in tech need most is support and equality in the workforce.

RPA Myths

RPA Myths

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a computer-based technology in which machines use rule-based decisions to carry out tasks according to flowcharts. This leaves no human interpretation necessary for the task at hand.

RPA has proven itself to be a tool that can save organizations time, money, and is less likely than humans to make errors. Organizations have embraced the technology because robots perform certain tasks more quickly, accurately, and for longer periods of time compared with humans.

Robot workers are much faster than humans because they can do the same task repeatedly without getting tired or bored of doing that specific activity. It allows them to work for longer periods of time with no breaks. They save companies money by requiring less manpower throughout their shift. This in turn saves on expenses like salary paychecks, benefits, etc. Robots also make fewer mistakes when completing a repetitive job since there aren’t any distractions such as hunger pangs. This eliminates temptations completely.

Robotics are increasingly becoming an important part of our daily lives. This is particularly due to their flexibility and ability perform consistent operations with little or no supervision required from humans –this includes RPA. RPA uses software ‘bots’ that follow rules based on predetermined parameters set by technicians. This is simpler than any kind of Natural Language Processing (NLP) software development. NLP is typically used when creating bots under AI technologies like Machine Learning (ML) or deep learning.

To successfully implement RPA, you need a strong and clear vision that your implementation team will stand behind and stakeholders will buy into. The best way to create commitment is by involving the people who are involved with creating this type of technology. Afterward, provide human benefits resulting in customer benefits, which leads to business success.

But one of these 6 common myths will prevent organizations from making best use of the technology:

Myth 1: Many Bots Will Be Needed

Using RPA, a company does not need to own bots and can instead outsource its workforce. This allows companies of any size with the ability to scale up or down their workforce in accordance with success without owning costly equipment themselves.

Myth 2: Bots Will Eliminate Jobs

People are increasingly becoming more and more efficient with the use of bots, which allows companies to train their workforce for other tasks. Bots can be used as a tool by humans to complete tedious jobs that would take an extended amount of time. This then leaves workers free from those responsibilities so they can focus on higher-level thinking.

Myth 3: AI Bots Can Do All Human Work

AI can understand natural language and it can learn and recognize images, but it is still a long way off from replicating human intuition and reasoning. Many bot activities require routing certain tasks to humans.

Myth 4: Bots Make No Mistakes

Although bots are programmed to follow instructions exactly, if they’re given incorrect or unexpected data inputs (like faulty coordinates), then the bot might complete its task incorrectly. Though a bot does exactly what it’s told, if it is programmed incorrectly, it will carry out a task incorrectly a thousand times. If they’re given incorrect or unexpected data inputs (like faulty coordinates), then the bot might complete its task incorrectly.

Myth 5: RPA Eliminates Business Process Management (BPM)

The first step should be to discover your current business process and understand where automation can best fit. Think of it as a car driving down the road: BPM is building the road, while RPA drives itself on that same path.

Myth 6: RPA Eliminates IT Support

The bot is a virtual employee. It is vital to get IT involved early, as RPA heavily relies on them for deployment and management of bots. To use RPA, it is important that the company gets their IT team involved from an earlier stage in development. They can help with deploying your bots onto the system later down the line. If anything goes wrong after deploying these processes, then Digital Workforce Management comes into play, which helps manage those digital employees called “bots.”

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