Re: what makes a company more attractive to IT women?
The article is live -- thanks for your help!
Making Your IT Department More Attractive to Women
Want more women on your staff? You need to do more than offer family-
friendly employee benefits. Women at every level of the career ladder
describe the corporate behavior that can attract them to a
company—or chase them away.
On Mar 4, 2008, at 1:01 PM, Esther Schindler wrote:
I've been involved in a lot of discussions with IT women that
address this question, but usually from the periphery. That is,
someone will post a message about behavior (in, say, a job
interview) that's a turn-off, making the woman decide that this
company is probably not a good choice for woman who wants to get
ahead, or to just enjoy her job.
But I've been thinking about this, particularly as I continue in
the series of articles I've been writing about Women in IT. (Which
I hope you _like_, and don't make me seem like a pest. I don't want
to be a pest.) I'm planning to write another article, this time
with more input from IT women (not just CIOs, though I expect I'll
get some input from them), looking for the attributes/behaviors
that a smart company can adopt to make itself more attractive to
I want to make this largely about POSITIVE things that companies
can do -- not just the painful anecdotes. Certainly, there will be
value in mentioning the turn-offs. But it'd be ideal if I could
enumerate "7 ways to make your company more attractive to IT women"
-- the "DO THIS" not just "DO NOTs."
For instance, one obvious attraction is flexible work options
(which obviously appeals to both genders, but certainly is a Plus
for women with small children).
Anyway -- I'm hereby collecting input. Ideally you can share your
name, company, and position with me. Private messages are fine,
though I dare say there's value to be had by making this a public
I'm hoping to collect information this week and next week (though
I'm about to disappear for a few days to the Microsoft MIX
conference). Then I'll compile and turn into an article that, I
hope, may make life just a little bit easier for techie women.
(in her devilish disguise as senior online editor, CIO.com)
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