Purpose – This article's aim is to describe how strategic outsourcing and energy‐services company Mitie Group plc is helping more women to reach senior executive posts. Design/methodology/approach – The measures the company has taken are described as well as some of the results they have achieved. Findings – The article highlights measures including: a program to encourage women to return to work and develop their careers after taking maternity leave; a maternity‐coaching program to help to retain senior female talent; flexible working hours and a flexible‐leave system; home working and a compressed working‐fortnight option; child‐care vouchers; additional annual‐leave purchase schemes; a diversity week; a mentoring program for female rising stars; and a twice‐yearly employee forum at which gender achievements, progress and initiatives are discussed. Practical implications – It is explained that the Mitie chief executive, the first Asian woman to head a FTSE 250 company, has set up and remains involved in a mentoring circle for black, Asian and minority‐ethnic women. Social implications – The article points up the importance to society of ensuring that women enjoy equal opportunities in the workplace. Originality/value – The article discusses a company that places huge importance on attracting and retaining female talent while delivering a supportive and inclusive environment for all its people.
Human Resource Management International Digest – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 12, 2012
Keywords: Diversity; Gender; Women; Top executives; Health and safety; Awards
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