Benefits Professional of the Year creates a balance for Akamai employees

Historically, the tech industry hasn’t been synonymous with female employees. Akamai shares the same situation: Men make up 76.5% of the company’s workforce, Sardella says, and diversity and inclusion has been a struggle. Balancing childcare responsibilities with work priorities has often been identified as a major cause of the gender imbalance in tech.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 90% of people have missed work due to family responsibilities, for what the Northeast Business Group on Health estimates to be an average of six missed days a year.