Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Telcos must overcome unconscious bias to improve workforce diversity

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Wednesday 28 November 18

Following her win in the Woman in Telecoms category at the World Communication Awards 2018, Total Telecom caught up with Catherine Michel, chief technology officer at Sigma Systems, to find out how the telecoms industry is fairing in its quest to implement better representation in senior management

Improving gender diversity in senior management positions is a topic that should be at the top of boardroom agendas across the telecoms sector. While some telcos have taken admirable strides towards improving levels of diversity, a recent report highlighted the difficult situation that the industry still finds itself in.  Of the top 100 executives cited in the industry, only three were women. Against this backdrop, we met with Michel to find out how the industry can begin to redress the balance.    "I think that it's pretty evident that there is a long way to go," said Michel. "It is still such an enigma – Why, in 2018, are we not seeing a much more diverse representation of people at board level?" Michel believes that telcos must broaden their demographic makeup to improve productivity and improve morale, particularly when it comes to board and C…

Improving gender diversity in senior management positions is a topic that should be at the top of boardroom agendas across the telecoms sector. While some telcos have taken admirable strides towards improving levels of diversity, a recent report highlighted the difficult situation that the industry still finds itself in.  Of the top 100 executives cited in the industry, only three were women. Against this backdrop, we met with Michel to find out how the industry can begin to redress the balance.    "I think that it's pretty evident that there is a long way to go," said Michel. "It is still such an enigma – Why, in 2018, are we not seeing a much more diverse representation of people at board level?" Michel believes that telcos must broaden their demographic makeup to improve productivity and improve morale, particularly when it comes to board and C…

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