Feeds

Nicer bosses retain more (female) staff

What a shocker

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Supportive management is the single most important factor in retaining female staff, a global survey has found.

The survey, commissioned by Dell, questioned female managers at companies in 35 countries around the world about attitudes, perceptions and triggers of female managers in big international companies.

The results were fairly consistent, regardless of geography, the company found. Women choose a company, and stay or leave depending on three key factors: having supportive managers (63 per cent); having some kind of assistance with family and personal obligations (54 per cent); and flexible working hours (50 per cent).

The main obstacles to career progression were seen as personal and family responsibilities (59 per cent), perception of women's commitment to the career (54 per cent) and perception of women's capabilities (44 per cent).

The astonishing news that women don't like to work with horrible managers, and like to be able to work flexibly, will undoubtedly send shockwaves throughout the HR sector industry. Likewise, we expect millions of women across the world will be amazed to discover that the tricky balancing of work and family life can be an obstacle to advancing in their careers.

Dell's vice-president of global diversity, Thurmond Woodard, sums it up like this: "Not only must global companies understand the factors that motivate women's job decisions throughout their careers, we also must work to remove obstacles and barriers that drive them out of the workforce at key life stages," he said. ®

Related stories

World's cleverest woman needs a job
DTI calls women back to science and technology
Women still victims of male stereotyping

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'
This affects every broadcaster, every cable guy
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links
Not even Google can withstand the power of Auntie
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.