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Celebrating Big Achievements

By Melissa J. Anderson

This has been a big year for Evolved Employer. We’ve shaped our content around diversity and talent management to best reflect the interests of our readers, who are looking new ways to attract and retain quality, high performing talent in a new diverse, global, multi-generational work environment, where employees have just as many expectations of their employers as the other way around.

Or goal for 2012 is to continue to bring you the latest in thought-provoking, inclusive talent management strategies. But that’s not all we’re working on – for example, this month we published (along with our sister-site The Glass Hammer) a new pilot study on women working on technology teams.

Women in IT: Ambition and Advancement seeks to gauge how women who work on technology teams feel about their ability to advance in their organizations. One of the most surprising findings within the report revealed that almost half of the women surveyed (41.86%) said they plan to leave their jobs in the next year.

That’s a huge amount of turnover for corporate teams to deal with, and considering that additional research, by the Level Playing Field Institute for example, has shown that many women in tech find the environment unwelcoming, it gives cause for companies to consider how their cultures may be driving women out, and work harder to attract and retain this talented group.

And many companies are working to do so. But our study showed that while many women participate in corporate networking or development initiatives, they aren’t always clear on the practical “how-to’s” regarding the implementation of advancement advice they may learn.

We urge companies to go beyond the inspirational and move into the instructional when it comes to the development and advancement of women.

Similarly, we are hard at work on our next study on LGBT professional women – and we will share more about that in 2012.

In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you. What topics would you like to learn more about in 2012? Please include your comments and questions in the space below, and we’ll work to be inclusive of the views and interests of you, our readers.

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