Catalyst has released an overview of their most recent study about women working in the field of technology. The study shows that while women are making strides in high-tech careers (in comparison to study results from earlier in the decade), they still face significant barriers to equality.
Women in the high-tech industry cited the following problems:
- A lack of role models and mentors
- A lack of access to networks
- A lack of satisfaction with supervisor interactions
- A lack of opportunities to voice opinions during decision-making processes
Despite these barriers, women who participated in the study were generally satisfied with their jobs and the environments in which they work. However, the number of women in technical jobs has declined in recent years.
The need for employees with skills in the technical field continues to grow and get more and more competitive. Coompanies need to find ways to address the areas of concern for women to not only increase employee satisfaction but also to attract and retain the best technical talent.