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International Women’s Day 2021

Gordana Novakovic
March 8, 2021

Many things happened last year that drastically changed our "normal" and, in our case, challenged the notion of what “workplace” is. We have grown as a company, transitioned all of our employees to work from home until further notice, and established a new office, in a completely new country – Brazil. 

We sat down and analyzed our data for the previous year to see how well we have done. We mentioned last year that we take a lot of pride in the fact that we have almost 50/50 gender representation at Alchemy. 

As a company, we believe that gender balance is important, we have always tracked this data and we report on it quarterly. So, where are we now? We are still hovering at 49% female and 51% male! In my humble HR opinion, I would say that this means that a) we are still doing a good job as a company and b) we have a reputation for being welcoming to all. 

This year’s International Women’s Day Theme is “Choose to Challenge.” As our HR Lead, a great example is not recruiting on stereotypes. We have exceptional female developers that don't necessarily have a computer science degree or the same personality traits as their male peers. Regardless, we genuinely look beyond conventional profiles and give everyone a chance if we see both the potential and the desire to learn and grow. 

Today, on March 8, four new people are joining Alchemy! I don't remember the last time we had that many people join on a single day. Two female and two male. What a great way to celebrate this important day!

Moving forward, one of our HR objectives for 2021, like for all functions, is to become more data-driven. Let's see in a year how this will positively impact our diversity and inclusion mission at Alchemy.

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