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ICWES15 - Strategies to Support Greater Gender Diversity in the Workplace


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ICWES15 - Strategies to Support Greater Gender Diversity in the Workplace

  1. 1. 15 th International Conference for Women Engineers & Scientists Strategies to support greater gender diversity in the workplace Robert Orth, HR Director IBM Australia & New Zealand 20 July 2011
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Our company </li></ul><ul><li>Our focus </li></ul><ul><li>Our experience: Advancement of Women – the IBM Australia journey </li></ul><ul><li>Open discussion </li></ul>
  3. 3. IBM at a glance <ul><li>Global technology & innovation company, with solutions & services spanning all industries </li></ul><ul><li>Over 400,000 independent, smart, mobile, and diverse knowledge workers in 170 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Has invested more than $150 billion in R&D and has received more than 75,000 U.S. patents </li></ul><ul><li>10 global research labs including one in Melbourne pioneering breakthroughs, advancing technologies and helping define open standards </li></ul><ul><li>IBM Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Annual revenue of over $4 billion </li></ul><ul><li>Generated almost A$539m in exports </li></ul><ul><li>Recently announced establishment of Global R&D Lab at the University of Melbourne </li></ul><ul><li>Putting $2 million every year into the community </li></ul><ul><li>Key business segments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global Technology Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global Business Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems and Technology Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Group </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IBM Australia - a highly diverse workforce </li></ul><ul><li>30% of the workforce are women </li></ul><ul><li>33% of IBM Australia board are women </li></ul><ul><li>20% of executives are women </li></ul><ul><li>29% of people managers are women </li></ul><ul><li>23% of technical population is women </li></ul><ul><li>16% of women work part-time </li></ul><ul><li>Employee median age is 40 </li></ul><ul><li>3.2% disclose they have a disability </li></ul><ul><li>36% identify with a cultural background other than Australian </li></ul>© 2011 IBM Corporation
  4. 4. The business case for Diversity - sustainability <ul><li>Talent : Diversity attracts and retains the brightest and best from the widest possible talent pool – IBM as ‘employer of choice’ </li></ul><ul><li>Performance : Diversity strategies improve employee engagement, motivation, commitment and productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Business : Diversity is the bridge between the workplace and the marketplace. Our workforce reflects our client base. </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation: Diversity is the fuel of innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Participation: Australia and the world needs to source talent wherever it is found </li></ul>
  5. 5. Diversity – our agenda Advancement of Women Generational Diversity People with Disability Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Cultural Diversity Work Life Integration & Flexibility
  6. 6. The situation in the ICT marketplace <ul><li>Female participation in ICT has been fairly stable over the last few years -- averaging 18% </li></ul><ul><li>Women under-representation in the ICT industry a concern with skills shortage and aging population </li></ul><ul><li>Female enrolment at university now more than 50% but declining enrolments in IT studies at university – 26% in 2001 to 20% in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Girls of school age not choosing to study ICT-related subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Women embracing IT applications but not IT careers </li></ul><ul><li>Careers in IT perceived as masculine domain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IT subjects seen as boring with lack of social interaction </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The IBM journey - what we do <ul><li>Buy-in to the business case </li></ul><ul><li>Ensured CEO/Executive buy-in and leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Outline the facts </li></ul><ul><li>Established a Diversity Council </li></ul><ul><li>Set our goals </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>CEO chair of Diversity Council </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Sponsor for each constituency (women) </li></ul><ul><li>Found champions & influencers in the business </li></ul><ul><li>Managers – aware, trained and advocating </li></ul><ul><li>Survey stat: 73% of employees say their manager supports their efforts to manage their work & personal life </li></ul><ul><li>Support structures </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated diversity team members & funding </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly developed strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Established Diversity Networking Groups -- Women in Technology & Work Life Integration </li></ul>
  8. 8. The IBM journey - what we do <ul><li>Policy and practice </li></ul><ul><li>A range of policies that support workplace participation </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible practices -- part time, job sharing, telecommuting, work from home, paid parental leave, self-funded leave, leave of absence </li></ul><ul><li>Regular pay equity reviews & interventions </li></ul><ul><li>A woman on every bench. A women on every recruitment slate. </li></ul><ul><li>Survey stat: 72% of employees say that working from home at least 1 day a week is acceptable in their work group </li></ul><ul><li>Programs & communication </li></ul><ul><li>Get Balanced Program – individual & flexible working </li></ul><ul><li>Mindset Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Share success stories </li></ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul><ul><li>External programs – Top Steps, Chief Executive Women, Voice Coaching Workshops, Serious Women’s Business & conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Internal programs - Taking the Stage, Building Relationships & Influence </li></ul><ul><li>Role models & alternate paths </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of Top Talent – Business & Technical Leadership Resources </li></ul><ul><li>A Smarter Planet needs Smarter Women - mentoring & sponsorship </li></ul>
  9. 9. The IBM journey - what we do <ul><li>Monitor & measure </li></ul><ul><li>Set gender diversity objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Executive women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hiring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reporting of diversity metrics into the business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By constituency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By business unit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity Council / Human Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filing with ASIC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Then just do it … </li></ul><ul><li>IBM Australia named Employer of Choice for Women since 2001 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Women in IT - getting to cool <ul><li>Encouraging the next generation of women </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kidsmart Early Learning Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School speakers program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MyScience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EXITE Camps (Exploring Interests in Technology & Engineering) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smith Family Mentoring Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assets C21 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Victoria University Mentoring Program </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Advancement of Women – the journey continues <ul><ul><li>“ Companies with the best record for promoting women were 18%-69% more profitable than the median Fortune 500 companies in the industry” </li></ul></ul>- The Glass Ceiling Research Centre (2001)
  12. 12. Questions