It is no secret that the tech industry is male dominated. But surely more can be done to attract women to join the tech industry.
When asked to comment on how IBM supports women in technology, images of “Hidden Figures” – a movie set in 1961 at NASA – flashed before me. The movie was about how three minority women managed to succeed against all odds on their technology mission, enabling John Glenn to become the first American astronaut to orbit the earth with the help of an early IBM mainframe. The movie invoked a deep sense of institutional pride within me. I am proud not just because IBM was featured in the movie but because IBM has been and continues to be a forerunner in promoting women leaders in our Science and Technology industry domain and beyond.
REALISING WOMEN’S FULL POTENTIAL
At IBM, we always have leadership development programmes specially designed to help women IBMers create our leadership journey as well as build relationship and influence. These programmes are central to enabling women to take the stage and be the vanguard of our area of expertise. In addition, our new personalised learning platform, “Your Learning”, allows easy access to hot learning topics, many of which are in the form of e-learning and virtual classroom lessons. The result is women IBMers can upgrade, stay relevant and advance our skills 24/7.
PROVIDING SUPPORT BEYOND WORK
Besides career and developmental programmes, there are also specific initiatives that support women employees at the workplace. For example, our medical benefits cover prenatal consultations/medications and support in vitro fertilisation. At the same time, each office locale has nursing room facilities and milk delivery services, which proves to be a boon for our female colleagues in larger geographical areas like the Philippines and US. In Singapore, we frequently see news and social media emphasising the importance of fair employment practices. In IBM, embracing diversity is fundamental to our values. That is why, all women IBMers have ready access to programmes and materials which help us uncover unconscious bias in the workplace.
In Singapore, we frequently see news and social media emphasising the importance of fair employment practices. In IBM, embracing diversity is fundamental to our values. That is why, all women IBMers have ready access to programmes and materials which help us uncover unconscious bias in the workplace.