D&I Weekly News Round Up: Inclusion, Gender Roles and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about a new report looking at the difference between men and women taking family responsibility leave, the impact of code-switching in the workplace, how a sexist advert made a company lose a lot of money and the myth of female office rivalries.

Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Gender Roles

A new report, released this week, looked at the difference between men and women and their need to take family responsibility leave. While men almost have the same need as women, they usually don’t take full advantage of it, even if the leave was fully paid. Gender role expectations seem to be the main reason for this – impacted by their managers but also by their own families.

Women in the Workplace

Interesting read! There is an ongoing myth that women are mean to other women in the workplace and don’t support each other. According to new research, there is actually no empirical evidence that women are inherently hostile to other women though and it is the environment that might lead to difficult work relationships.


Have you heard of code-switching? Code-switching means adjusting how you speak, behave etc. depending on who you are with, typically to fit in better with that group. Underrepresented groups might use this behaviour to avoid discrimination in the workplace – but it comes at a cost! Read more here.


I guess this didn’t go as planned… The exercise bike company Peloton lost USD 1.5bn in value due to backlash to their Christmas advert published this week. The advert, featuring a woman who was gifted a bike for the holidays, was criticised as sexist and dystopian.

The Ericsson Blog

Like what you’re reading? Please sign up for email updates on your favorite topics.

Subscribe now

At the Ericsson Blog, we provide insight to make complex ideas on technology, innovation and business simple.