Unlocking the Full Potential of Women at Work
14 May 2012 at 10:28 am
Global management consulting firm, McKinsey, has released a new report, Unlocking the full potential of women at work, highlighting the advancement of women in the workplace.
The international company says it has been conducting the research “intensively” since 2007.
According to the research, the business benefits are clear, and include a wider, deeper swath of talent to solve problems, spark innovation, and, in many cases, mirror a company’s own customer base.
Yet McKinsey says that the top circles of corporate America remain stubbornly male. It says in 2011, only 14 percent of women serve on executive committees, and only 3 percent serve as CEOs.
However, these these numbers don’t tell the whole story.
For the second year in a row, McKinsey says it undertook a US-based research project, this time with the help of 60 Fortune 500 or similarly sized companies.
The research took a closer look at the progress these companies were making in advancing their women.
The highlights of the research include:
- McKinsey developed four metrics that can serve as hallmarks of a truly gender-diverse company. They include a starting position that reflects individual talent; the number of women at the top of the organization; odds of promotion equivalent to men; and the mix of women in line roles versus staff roles (Exhibit).
- Of the companies whose talent pipelines we reviewed, only 12 met three out of the four measures for success. None fulfilled all four.
- Among the highest-achieving companies, two archetypes of talent pipelines emerged: “fat” funnel companies, which started with a remarkably high number of women (well over 50 percent in their pipelines) and then moved a still-impressive amount of women (in some cases up to 40 percent) into senior roles; and “steady” pipelines, companies that started with a smaller mix of women early on but retained them as they progressed through the pipeline.
- Interviews with some 200 successful women yielded intriguing insights: despite their career success, 59 percent of women said they did not aspire to the C-suite.
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