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The increase in women in the energy industry and a corresponding increase in dual career couples means that many issues that have been considered to be “women’s issues” may be more appropriately ...

The increase in women in the energy industry and a corresponding increase in dual career couples means that many issues that have been considered to be “women’s issues” may be more appropriately managed as dual career issues. A key challenge for members of dual career couples is coordinating their careers. People in such couples overwhelmingly consider both careers to be equally important, but many managers insist that one career leads and the other follows. Women tend to be more protective of their partner’s career than men are. Statistics show that women are under-represented at the highest levels in organizations. The greatest disparities of pay are associated with whether or not women are in the appropriate level for their knowledge and accomplishments. Career breaks and geographic mobility limitations are often cited as reasons for why some women fail to advance.
• How can managing women’s issues as dual career couple issues avoid resentment about “reverse discrimination”?
• What are the advantages and disadvantages of working for the same employer as your partner?
• Why do women need to be more assertive in negotiating pay and promotion?
• What strategies can be effective in mitigating the impact on your career of career breaks and geographic limitations?
• How can professional society activity benefit your career?

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    Building a Resilient Future for Yourself Building a Resilient Future for Yourself Presentation Transcript

    • Managing your Energy Career: Build a Resilient Future for Yourself Eve Sprunt, Chevron evesprunt@aol.com
    • Most Important Success Variable Paper # • Build a Resilient Future for Yourself • Eve Sprunt Slide 2 RESILIENCE • We all encounter discouraging events • Refuse to be embarrassed by rejection • When blocked, find another way • My personal theme song: Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman, Hear, me Roar” • As Sheryl Sandberg says, we must Lean In and “Sit at the table” • Being active in professional societies facilitates networking and builds your personal brand to enhance your resilience
    • Perspective over Multiple Generations Slide 3 Paper # • Build a Resilient Future for Yourself • Eve Sprunt • No longer question of whether women belong in workplace • Women can be financially independent of men • Today’s challenges: • Retention of mid-career women • Increase female representation at executive levels
    • Reframing the Discussions Slide 4 Paper # • Build a Resilient Future for Yourself • Eve Sprunt • Change the focus from the individual to the changing demographics of the workplace • Management is data driven • Power is getting to ask the questions and report the results. • Surveys can reveal quantifiable bias and demographic trends. • Key issues for management: • Attraction of new employees • Retention of existing employees • Your most powerful vote is with your feet!
    • SPE Talent Council Surveys Slide 5 Paper # • Build a Resilient Future for Yourself • Eve Sprunt SPE Talent Council has conducted three surveys on Dual Career Couple Issues • May 2011 of entire SPE membership with 5570 responses, SPE Paper #160928 • December 2011 of SPE members under age 45 with 1392 responses, SPE Paper #151971 • January through July 2013 social media survey on factors impacting retention with 1737 responses, SPE Paper #168112 • For publications Google “Sprunt and Howes”
    • Workforce of the Future -- Dual Career Couples Paper # • Build a Resilient Future for Yourself • Eve Sprunt Slide 6 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 20 -24 25 - 29 30 - 34 35 -39 40 - 44 45 -49 50 - 54 55 -59 60 -64 %ofGenderinAgeBracket Age Dual Career Couples in the Petroleum Industry The Emerging Majority Men Women • Women until their partners retire tend to be part of a dual career couple • Top management wedded to single career mentality • Workplace benefits and policies optimized for single career pattern of the last century
    • Working for Same Employer Slide 7 Paper # • Build a Resilient Future for Yourself • Eve Sprunt Advantages • Coordinate relocation • Ease in picking home location • Easier childcare • Coordinate travel • Coordinate daily schedule Disadvantages • Employer requires that one career leads and the other follows • Benefits reduced • Employer coordinates careers as a couple • Job security Whose career takes precedence? • Women more likely to be asked • Women with children are about 2x as likely to be asked as men with children • People working for the same employer as their partner
    • Women Need a Level Playing Field Paper # • Build a Resilient Future for Yourself • Eve Sprunt Slide 8 • Build win-win work-life benefits programs and policies • Men should benefit too • Work-life benefits should be available and accessible to all • Special programs for women lead to resentment • Special treatment reinforces second class status
    • Negotiating Slide 9 Paper # • Build a Resilient Future for Yourself • Eve Sprunt • SPE Retention Survey shows women are less motivated than men by money at all stages of their careers. • Are women uncomfortable negotiating? or • Are women more focused on negotiating work-life accommodations?
    • Negotiating for Yourself Slide 10 Paper # • Build a Resilient Future for Yourself • Eve Sprunt Have your ever negotiated for yourself • More pay • A promotion • Flexible hours/better hours • More vacation/time off
    • Acknowledgements / Thank You / Questions Slide 11 Co-Author on Surveys: Susan Howes SPE Staff Liaison: Tom Whipple To join my email list, please contact me at: evesprunt@aol.com