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Employers failing to develop female staff

Written by Kimberley Startup | March 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Employers across Europe failing to develop the careers of female staff

Most organisations lack programmes that maintain adequate levels of talented women in the leadership pipeline, according to Mercer research*.

Mercer’s ‘Women’s Leadership Development Survey found more than two thirds (67%) of the 450 European companies surveyed had no defined strategy or philosophy for developing women into leadership roles and lacked effective early career high-potential identification, diversity sourcing and recruiting, gender-specific learning and development experiences, to support the development of talented women as leaders.

More than two-fifths (41%) of the employers surveyed do not offer any activities or programmes targeted at the development needs of women leaders. While 21% of organisa-tions said they offer some activities or programmes, such as flexible time arrangements, mentoring and coaching, another 11% said they are planning to add these in the future – surpassing a global average of 6%.

When asked how well the organisational climate supports the development of women, 48% of respondents said to a moderate extent, while 14% said to a great extent, and 25% said to a small extent. Eleven percent said it is not supported at all.

Dagmar Wilbs, a senior partner in Mercer’s human capital business, said: “While there is an apparent lack of concern around most aspects of women’s leadership development, there are signs that this is changing. Women’s leadership is increasingly being discussed throughout the business world and starting to gain a foothold on CEOs’ strategic agendas. Many countries are also considering establishing requirements for female representation in senior management as part of a larger diversity goal.”

*This article was featured on the HR Magazine site. To read it in full, click here.

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