Globant’s “Diversity Behind the Screen” Report: Mapping for Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences
04 May 2023
- This is the first time an IT company has published a study that focuses on understanding how talent learns and identifies different learning preferences
- The most preferred learning sources are videos and tutorials, online courses, and from peers
- Almost half of the neurodivergent people prefer to learn at their own pace and with reduced sensory stimuli
NEW YORK - May 4, 2023 - Globant (NYSE: GLOB), a digitally native company focused on reinventing businesses through innovative technology solutions, published today the results of its Learning and Diversity Behind the Screen Report, which aims to understand how Globant employees (or “Globers”) learn in order to design new learning experiences which are more effective, inclusive, and personalized.
Globant understands that each person has different ways of understanding and participating in the world. To honor this individuality, Globant became the first IT company to develop a mapping that contemplates not only diversities like gender, but also some that may be invisible such as neurodiversity, which means that people do not think, learn, or process information in the same way.
“The future of humanity depends on the solutions we create. A high-impact industry, such as technology, has the potential to influence other fields and be a game changer for society,” said Patricia Pomies, Chief Operating Officer at Globant. “Companies should focus on designing learning experiences that use new technologies and innovation to put employees at the center of the business. This will help ensure their employees are equipped with the skills they need to succeed according to their unique characteristics and specialties.”
One key finding of Globant’s study was that one of the main reasons employees start a learning process is related to work activities – for example, improving job career prospects. Additionally, the study shows the importance of practical and flexible learning to adapt at each individual's own pace. That’s why employees’ most preferred learning sources are videos and tutorials, online courses, and learning from peers. Most of these ways of learning share the characteristics of being quick, immediate, and adaptable to various schedules.
In terms of gender, the study found that there are some differences between people who identify as women and those who identify as men. For instance, women report a greater preference for learning to improve their careers, while men more frequently report deciding to learn when they have questions related to their roles and responsibilities.
Neurodivergence also plays an important role in learning preferences, and taking this into account is crucial for organizations to design more inclusive learning proposals. People who report neurodivergent conditions show different learning modalities compared to those who do not report these conditions. For example, almost half of the people in the “neurodiverse” group prefer to learn at their own pace and with reduced sensory stimuli.
The study aimed to generate an initial mapping of learning preferences with a focus on diversity in technology. Globant works to reinvent the technology industry, and believes that quality education from an inclusive, equitable, and diverse perspective is crucial to innovation. That's why Globant prioritizes generating high-impact training programs and initiatives, as well as promoting research and data that can enhance knowledge and encourage good practices in technology.
“We aim to introduce new learning proposals that empower individuals, and thereby contribute to the technology industry's creation of an ecosystem in which every person’s unique talents can thrive and develop. Only through this approach can we enhance human intelligence and skills, emphasizing those aspects that make us unique,” said Melina Masnatta, Global Learning & DEI Director at Globant.
Read the complete report, including the study’s results and methodology here.
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