Ericsson Careers Blog

    Feeling Inspired by the Next Generation of Innovators – Announcing the 2017 Ericsson Innovation Awards Semi-Finalists!

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    I am very excited to share the news that the semi-finalists of the 2017 Ericsson Innovation Awards have been announced!

    This year we challenged students to explore how ICT can transform the way the world produces, transports, distributes and consumes food. An impressive 907 teams with students representing 75 countries registered for Ericsson Innovation Awards in 2017, beating the 2016 record of 843 teams with students representing 72 countries.

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    Ericsson Continues to Empower Female Employees

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    If you’re an avid Ericsson Careers Blog follower, you know by now that Ericsson employees of all genders celebrated International Women’s Day with the gusto of a company committed to placing gender parity at the forefront. What you may not know about Ericsson’s International Women’s Day celebrations are the hundreds of short conversations facilitated between complete strangers at opposite ends of the world, initiated by a shared desire for understanding, empowerment and breaking down biases. Ericsson employees were connecting through a Living Library.

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    Making Strides in Diversity and Inclusion

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    In one of the recent weekly emails from our CEO, Borje Ekholm, he talked about the hockey stick projection we have relied on for the last couple of years. He prefers that we challenge each other to set ambitious but realistic goals with clear priorities.

    A few years back, Ericsson set a clear Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy for the company. We have set gender, generational, and national diversity targets with the purpose to attract and retain talent from the entire global. It’s an essential part of the company’s transformation, to enable our vision: “A Networked Society where every person and every industry is empowered to reach their full potential.”

    Being a member of Ericsson D&I council representing Region Middle East & East Africa (RMEA), I can assure you that we work very hard to support the D&I agenda. In RMEA we have a no issues with the generation goal as we have a fairly “young” work force. We also benefit from a diverse group of different nationalities. However, our problem area is the gender balance gap.

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    3 Skills Everyone Needs to Learn in the Evolving Work Environment

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    Working life is changing and there is lots of discussion about the fourth industrial revolution, digitalization, robotics, etc. Future of Jobs report by World Economic Forum list the 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I find this list impressive, however, there are couple of other aspects I would like to emphasize.

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    Work Resolutions for 2017: New Year, New Focus

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    With every new year, the time-honored tradition of setting a New Year resolution begins. And for most of us, it normally includes: getting more fit, eating better, saving money, etc. That being said, how many of us set New Year resolutions for work? We spend quite a bit of time at work, so why not come up with some new year resolutions for work. As a starting point I am sharing mine with you!

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    Stereotyping – the Science of Assumptions

    Don’t assume. Researchers conducting scientific experiments and people running statistical tests may be bewildered when I say this, but this is not meant for them. Instead, it’s meant for others who do a lot of assumptions of a person which ends in stereotyping them.

    Stereotyping is defined as an “oversimplified, usually pejorative, attitude that people hold toward those outside one’s own experience who are different. They are a result of incomplete or distorted information accepted as fact without question.” This is one of the top search results of Google.

    My mother tongue placed me in a different geography from the place I hail from.  I was given little choice and decisions were already made for me. All I had to do was behave in a certain way, which was expected from the regional group I belonged to. That’s when I realized I was encountering a rather a common phenomenon known as stereotyping.

    My work took me further away from home. I was once having lunch at my cafeteria when a senior lady sitting next to me started speaking to me in a condescending way. She said, “you have curly hair, I know where you are from, you are eating ladies finger in this form, I know where you are from.”  Then she had an epiphany and rightly placed me from the place I hail from. I was relieved that she didn’t end up calling me an alien.

    One of my colleagues genuinely enquired, “how are you not getting bored of eating Idli Dosa Sambhar?” In fact, many people think I eat the same thing day in and day out.  I couldn’t stifle my laughter as I told her that I wouldn’t be this fat from merely eating idli and dosa all the time and there is a lot more to Tamil cuisine. Only a minuscule portion of Tamil cuisine had become popular in the rest of the country and having travelled quite a bit, I regularly make and relish another region’s specialties equally.  Their assumptions were not even close to reality.  Assumptions by itself is not a problem, but the actual problem is when you try to associate a person to that assumption and stick him/her to that.

    At the same time, if someone brings their hands together, bows, and says “namaste” outside of India I feel so good. I smile back and greet them. For me it is not a stereotype but instead a kind gesture.  Some stranger just wanted to make me feel at home by doing something that is characteristic of my culture.  I appreciate it for the good intention.

    I used to be proud of an ingenuous recipe in our cuisine only to discover later that the recipe was originally influenced or conceived by the migrants to our home land.  Being bold and confident helps to rebuff the stereotypes.  Pride is good but we need to be watchful as crossing over the thin line can blind us to thinking that ours is the best in the world and everything else secondary.

    Stereotyping can stop you from knowing a real person. Society may mold a person’s civic behavior but not his individuality.  It is easy to buy in to readymade opinions, but wouldn’t it be fun to explore the world and people with your own eyes? I certainly do not want to clip my wings with your assumptions. What about you?

    Maybe the senior lady at my office was genuinely excited about having identified my place of origin. Maybe I assumed that she was trying to judge me, make me feel low or uncomfortable.  We all assume, don’t we?

    Making the Connection Between Gender Parity & ICT Usage

    While planning for Ericsson’s 2017 International Women’s Day celebration, the Ericsson ConsumerLab approached us with an exciting opportunity. They suggested to partner with IWD team to release a brand new study chronicling the connection between ICT and Gender Parity over 2 decades.

    We were thrilled! ConsumerLab is, after all, the team that builds the yearly Top 10 Consumer Trends, a consumer roadmap for the ever-expanding highway of global ICT. With 22 continuous years of unbiased consumer trend experience, we knew their findings would be enlightening. We were not disappointed. 

    The result is an index that analyzes gender parity in 32 countries,  exploring male and female usage of various ICT tools and services. The study also explores the impact of age, income and occupation on the gender gap. Although the study will continue to expand as time goes on, it already gives an enlightening view into where gender parity has been, and where it’s going.

    Learn more about the results of the study and the personal journey of the woman who was inspired to initiate it by checking out the article on the Networked Society Blog https://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/the-networked-society-blog/2017/03/08/hard-achieve-gender-parity-ict.

    Why We All Need to Celebrate International Women’s Day

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    Last Saturday on March 4th, my husband and I went to see TedxYouth at Dubai American Academy (DAA), an event that our daughter marketed as Head of Publicity. The theme was ‘Unknown’ and 9 very talented students from grades 9 through 12 talked about different topics – many of which addressed various types of biases such as disability, race or gender. Out of 9 speakers, 7 were female students. When the organizing team was recognized for their efforts (highest number of audience – well done Morgan from the proud parents!), the vast majority were -again- female students. The amount of female talent we saw on stage was quite astounding and we could not help but wonder how their careers might evolve given such potential.

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