Diversity is a key issue for many companies today, with LinkedIn reporting that more than half of organizations are “very” or “extremely” focused on diversity. This is good news, especially when you consider the World Economic Forum’s recent estimate that it will take 217 years for women to reach complete equality in pay and employment opportunities.
One of the key tools available to job seekers today that they did not have years ago is the internet. Thanks to the internet, employment is much more transparent than it used to be. Sites such as Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and Indeed provide important insights into workplace conditions, including how much workers are paid and how employees feel about their employers.
The transparency enabled by the internet is key in creating a more diverse — and more equal — workforce. For example, see Indeed’s new partnership with the review sites Fairygodboss, InHerSight, and Comparably. In order to help job seekers better evaluate diversity and inclusion at a given organization, Indeed will incorporate review information from these three sites on its company pages.
Today’s company pages on Indeed include ratings for work/life balance, compensation and benefits, job security and advancement, management, and culture. In the future, these pages will also include diversity-related information gleaned from InHerSight, Comparably, and Fairygodboss.
The internet remains an unlikely place to land your next job, but the data available on Indeed and other sites can help job seekers make more informed decisions about where to apply and which offers to accept.
Transparency is also important to matters of pay equity. When job seekers can access information about pay ranges at an organization — and at organizations across their industry — they can better assess whether or not they are being compensated fairly.
Using the data available online will help you ensure you’re getting a fair deal. It will allow you to verify that your future employer is a healthy place to work, and it will give you a view into an employer’s values and priorities. This sort of valuable information is not something you could find before the advent of the internet.
Long story short, we still have a long way to go on issues related to diversity and pay equality for all people. However, in the meantime, the increased transparency of the internet can help you be your own advocate.
A version of this article originally appeared on Copeland Coaching.
Angela Copeland is a career coach and CEO at her firm, Copeland Coaching.