Though 31 percent of IT professionals are women, improved gender diversity in upper management has profited several businesses. So, how can CIOs attract and retain more female employees? In this article at InformationWeek, Jessica Davis shares how CIOs can increase gender diversity and enjoy revenue growth.
Profiting from Gender Diversity
“The representation of women in IT has been improving slowly over the years,” observes Gartner VP Christie Struckman. She says there are several ways to increase the chances of gender diversity in an organization. Here are some tips to help you head in that direction:
Reconsider Hiring Qualifications
Are you still considering a 4-year engineering degree to be the fundamental benchmark for IT recruitment? There might be an individual with several micro-credentials that align with the job specifications. You might have to train them less than the fresh graduates.
To increase gender diversity, why not conduct summer internships? Per Struckman, 66.4 percent of contractual workers became full-time employees in the companies that hired them as interns.
Network with Ex-Employees
Employees sometimes leave an organization because their spouses or partners got a better job elsewhere. Instead of letting them drop off the radar, create an alumni group to stay in contact with them. Even if they cannot come back, they can recommend someone else to join your company.
Align Your Perks
Understand what your women employees love to have as perks. If you cannot offer higher pay packages, give them alternative perks like medical coverage or flexible work hours. In addition, aim to reduce the pay gap to boost gender diversity in your company.
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