– You still hear it said that the reason there are relatively fewer women in managerial positions is because women don't want these roles. However, these results further demonstrate that the culture of the workplace has a tremendous impact on this, says Bairoh.
53 % of the respondents working in the least inclusive companies agreed with the statement “I am likely to change workplaces”, while only 7 % of those working in the most inclusive companies believed they would be leaving their current employer.
And why do women leave the tech sector? According to the survey, a desire for change was the most common reason (36 % of respondents). The second most common reason was trying to find a better work/life balance (25 %). The statements “the role offered to me was more attractive and offered more responsibility” and “I didn't fit into the workplace culture” tied for third place (18 %).
Inclusivity is realised in the everyday operations of the workplace
The survey recommends that an organisation must systematically measure their diversity and inclusivity and set goals and an action plan to ensure that inclusivity is realised.
Because inclusivity is realised in the everyday operations of the workplace, an organisation striving for equality must survey the experiences of their staff and ask women who are changing workplaces about their experiences.
The organisation should also talk to its staff about its values and about what it is doing in practical terms to promote inclusivity and equal career opportunities.
The web survey Ingredients of Inclusivity was conducted in English in the summer of 2021 within the networks of Accenture, TEK and the Women in Tech and Mimmit koodaa communities. The survey garnered 770 respondents, 704 of whom worked in tech and 56 of whom had left the tech sector.