May 19, 2020

Facebook is set to compete with LinkedIn

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Catherine Rowell
2 min
Facebook is set to compete with LinkedIn

Facebook has tapped into the markets of Apple, with the launch of video, alongside Evan Spiegel’s Snap business, with the rise of Instragram stories and developing messaging software. However, the tech giant is now set to diversify its operations into the employment business by rivalling LinkedIn’s current business model by tapping into the employment industry and targeting workers who are aiming for new and existing opportunities.

Currently undergoing testing so the platform can be fine-tuned, the service will utilise the company’s Messenger service within its operations to enable prospective employees to communicate with businesses an auto-fill in parts of the application form which users can view. However, Facebook is targeting regular businesses, to help everyday working individuals, who are after either full or part-time work, making the prospect of applying for a new role an efficient, and not daunting task. The service will be available on both web and mobile applications.

Facebook has said: “We’re focused on building new ways to help make it easier for businesses to interact with the over one billion people visiting Pages every month. Businesses and people already use Facebook to fill and find jobs, so we’re rolling out new features that allow job posting and application directly on Facebook.”

However, for many users, a merger of their personal and professional life via the same media platform could be viewed s uncomfortable, whereas LinkedIn already fills this gap, whilst Facebook completes the others. There could also be concerns that prospective employers could look at an individual’s Facebook page and deem them ‘unsuitable’, through what they have undertaken out of the office. However, Facebook is confident that this will not be the case.

Launching in the US and Canada, we will wait and see if the new technology makes its way across the world.

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Jun 12, 2021

How changing your company's software code can prevent bias

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Lisa Roberts, Senior Director ...
3 min
Removing biased terminology from software can help organisations create a more inclusive culture, argues Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR at Deltek

Two-third of tech professionals believe organizations aren’t doing enough to address racial inequality. After all, many companies will just hire a DEI consultant, have a few training sessions and call it a day. 

Wanting to take a unique yet impactful approach to DEI, Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, took a look at  and removed all exclusive terminology in their software code. By removing terms such as ‘master’ and ‘blacklist’ from company coding, Deltek is working to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into every aspect of their organization. 

Business Chief North America talks to Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR and Leader of Diversity & Inclusion at Deltek to find out more.

Why should businesses today care about removing company bias within their software code?  

We know that words can have a profound impact on people and leave a lasting impression. Many of the words that have been used in a technology environment were created many years ago, and today those words can be harmful to our customers and employees. Businesses should use words that will leave a positive impact and help create a more inclusive culture in their organization

What impact can exclusive terms have on employees? 

Exclusive terms can have a significant impact on employees. It starts with the words we use in our job postings to describe the responsibilities in the position and of course, we also see this in our software code and other areas of the business. Exclusive terminology can be hurtful, and even make employees feel unwelcome. That can impact a person’s desire to join the team, stay at a company, or ultimately decide to leave. All of these critical actions impact the bottom line to the organization.    

Please explain how Deltek has removed bias terminology from its software code

Deltek’s engineering team has removed biased terminology from our products, as well as from our documentation. The terms we focused on first that were easy to identify include blacklist, whitelist, and master/slave relationships in data architecture. We have also made some progress in removing gendered language, such as changing he and she to they in some documentation, as well as heteronormative language. We see this most commonly in pick lists that ask to identify someone as your husband or wife. The work is not done, but we are proud of how far we’ve come with this exercise!

What steps is Deltek taking to ensure biased terminology doesn’t end up in its code in the future?

What we are doing at Deltek, and what other organizations can do, is to put accountability on employees to recognize when this is happening – if you see something, say something! We also listen to feedback our customers give us and have heard their feedback on this topic. Those are both very reactive things of course, but we are also proactive. We have created guidance that identifies words that are more inclusive and also just good practice for communicating in a way that includes and respects others.

What advice would you give to other HR leaders who are looking to enhance DEI efforts within company technology? 

My simple advice is to start with what makes sense to your organization and culture. Doing nothing is worse than doing something. And one of the best places to start is by acknowledging this is not just an HR initiative. Every employee owns the success of D&I efforts, and employees want to help the organization be better. For example, removing bias terminology was an action initiated by our Engineering and Product Strategy teams at Deltek, not HR. You can solicit the voices of employees by asking for feedback in engagement surveys, focus groups, and town halls. We hear great recommendations from employees and take those opportunities to improve. 

 

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