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Women Are Rising to Be the Leaders Companies Need, But Work Is Going Unrecognized and Unrewarded

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today, LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company released the seventh annual Women in the Workplace report, the largest study on the state of women in corporate America. The findings point to three key trends: A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear that women are burned out and at risk of leaving the workforce. Women are stepping up as stronger leaders, but their work often goes unrecognized. At the same time, corporate America is still failing women of color despite two years of increased focus on racial equity.

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The report is based on data and insights from 423 companies representing more than 12 million people, along with survey responses from over 65,000 individual employees. It shows that despite important gains since 2016, women remain significantly underrepresented at all levels of management in corporate America.

At the same time, women in leadership are rising to the moment as stronger people leaders and more active champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)—and are taking on the extra work that comes with it. Compared to men at the same level, women in senior leadership are 60 percent more likely to provide emotional support to employees and 24 percent more likely to ensure their teams’ workloads are manageable. Senior women leaders are also twice as likely to spend a substantial amount of time doing DEI work outside of their formal job responsibilities—from recruiting candidates belonging to underrepresented communities to leading employee resource groups. And at every level, women are more likely than men to show up as allies to women of color.

Companies have benefited significantly from women’s leadership during this year of unprecedented workplace changes. However, this critical work is largely going unrecognized and unrewarded. Despite companies signaling a high commitment to DEI and employee wellbeing, only 25 percent say that their formal performance review process recognizes this type of work to a substantial degree. This has serious implications. Companies risk losing the very leaders they need right now.

“Women are contributing more yet are often less recognized. Burnout is at an all-time high. While women have been resilient, it is a moment of reflection,” said Lareina Yee, a senior partner at McKinsey & Company. “Companies cannot afford to miss the signals of talent attrition. It’s time to invest in the leaders who have kept companies afloat throughout the challenges of the past two years.”

While all employees are more burned out than last year, women have been hit particularly hard. Forty-two percent of women report being burned out, as compared to 35 percent of men. And 24/7 cultures are driving this exhaustion. More than one in three employees feel as if they are expected to be “on” at all times, and those who feel this way are more than twice as likely to be burned out.

“This year’s report should serve as a wake-up call. Despite bold commitments to racial equity, the experiences of women of color aren’t getting better,” said Rachel Thomas, co-founder and CEO of LeanIn.Org. “This points to the critical need to engage employees as change agents and allies, so we can truly transform the culture of work.”

Despite a greater awareness of DEI issues and increased focus and investment on racial equity in corporate America, women of color continue to experience similar types of microaggressions at similar frequencies as they did two years ago. These experiences can take a heavy toll: compared to women of color who don’t experience microaggressions, women of color who do are more than twice as likely to feel negatively about their job, twice as likely to be burned out, and three times as likely to say they’ve struggled to concentrate at work due to stress. And while more white employees see themselves as allies to women of color this year, they are no more likely to take action. Seventy-seven percent of white employees say they’re allies to women of color, but only 39 percent confront discrimination when they see it and only 21 percent regularly advocate for new opportunities for women of color. This points to the critical need for businesses to equip employees at all levels to challenge bias and show up as substantive allies.

In addition to steps companies can take to recognize women’s leadership, create a more inclusive culture, and reduce burnout, the 2021 Women in the Workplace report includes best practices for eliminating bias in hiring and promotions, a detailed look at what HR leaders and employees see as the benefits and risks of remote work, and data-driven vignettes on the distinct experiences of Asian women, Black women, Latinas, lesbian and bisexual women, and women with disabilities.

The complete Women in the Workplace report is available at womenintheworkplace.com.

ABOUT THE STUDY
The Women in the Workplace study is conducted in partnership with LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company. The first study was released in 2015, and each year examines current issues facing women in corporate America. This year’s report is the second study conducted during the eighteen-month-long pandemic and is based on data and insights from 423 companies representing more than 12 million people, along with survey responses from over 65,000 individual employees. The complete Women in the Workplace report is available at womenintheworkplace.com.

ABOUT LEANIN.ORG
An initiative of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, LeanIn.Org helps women achieve their ambitions and works to create a more equal world. LeanIn.Org conducts original research on the state of women, supports a global community of small peer groups called Lean In Circles, and provides companies with programs to address the biases and barriers women face in the workplace. Lean In recently released Allyship at Work, a new training program designed to help employees take meaningful action as allies. For more information about LeanIn.Org and its programs, visit leanin.org. The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, which also runs OptionB.Org, is a private operating nonprofit organization under IRS section 501(c)(3).

ABOUT MCKINSEY & COMPANY
McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organizations create Change that Matters. In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters – for their organizations, their people, and in turn society at large.

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Insight Unites with Women In Cloud to Accelerate Workplace Diversity in Technology

By joining the #WICxFortune100 Initiative, Insight deepens its commitment to strengthening a partner network built on diversity and inclusion

TEMPE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Insight Enterprises (NASDAQ:NSIT), the global provider of Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™ for organizations of all sizes, today announced a partnership with Women In Cloud, an economic development organization dedicated to advancing gender inclusion in technology, for the #WICxFortune100 Initiative.

Insight is supporting the #WICxFortune100 Initiative, a turnkey program for industry-leading corporations to create access for women in technology through representation, recruitment and relationship building. Women In Cloud is committed to developing the next generation of women entrepreneurs and leaders in the field of cloud computing and advancing the success of women in technology.

Insight has established a diverse supplier program that last year helped 185 women-owned small businesses gain exposure to Insight’s global clientele. A dedicated Diversity, Leadership and Organizational Development team is staffed full-time in the areas of sales and supplier diversity, recruitment, education and retention. The team has established robust training on allyship and eliminating unconscious bias in the workplace, provided through Insight’s Aspiring Leadership program.

Rooted in its core values of hunger, heart and harmony, Insight is promoting the equitable treatment of all teammates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or physical ability. As an industry pacesetter in advancing women in leadership, Insight now boasts 900 participants in its Women With Insight peer-network group. Women With Insight is one of eight diverse teammate resource groups led by nearly 1,300 teammates across North America for the purpose of advancing unity, professional development and mentorship across the company.

“One of the most exciting aspects of working in technology is how quickly everything evolves, where new ideas become building blocks to unlock our full potential. At Insight, we are intent on redefining the future of work – not just through digital innovation but in fostering a culture of everyday respect as we empower equality, diversity of thought, and a sense of true belonging for everyone,” said Glynis Bryan, Insight chief financial officer. “We have seen drastic change in business and in the world in general recently – much of it challenging our everyday norms – which is opening doors to new ways of thinking. We’re proud to work with Women In Cloud to ensure this translates into greater opportunities to advance women in technology.”

As part of the partnership, Women In Cloud will host a series of events involving Insight leaders. The first of many was the #WICxInspire multi-day networking event in July, including speaking engagements by Amy Protexter, Insight senior vice president of marketing, and Megan Amdahl, Insight senior vice president of partner alliances. Insight also will present Dec. 10, as part of the #WICxFortune100 Lunch & Learn virtual series, an event uniting female entrepreneurs and female founders of cloud-based companies with key leaders from Insight and other cloud industry leaders. These events provide attendees with insights and information about the industry and help them to network with other women in the industry.

“The addition of Insight to our partner community brings another proven leader in workplace equality to accelerate Women In Cloud’s mission of creating greater economic access for women entrepreneurs,” said Chaitra Vedullapali, co-founder, Women In Cloud. “A recent McKinsey study estimates if measures are taken now to increase access for women entrepreneurs, global GDP could improve by $13 trillion by 2030, an 11 percent increase compared to not taking any action at all. By working together with Insight and other Fortune 500 companies, we have the opportunity to influence business acceleration for generations to come.”

Insight has been recognized as a champion of diversity, equality and inclusion by being named to the 2021 Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies, Fortune’s more recent Best Workplaces for Diversity list, the 2021 Forbes America’s Best Employers for Diversity, 2020 Forbes World’s Best Employers and 2020 Forbes America’s Best Employers for Veterans rankings. The company also scored 95 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index of LGBTQ workplace equity.

For more information on Insight, visit insight.com or call 800-INSIGHT.

About Insight

Today, every business is a technology business. Insight Enterprises Inc. empowers organizations of all sizes with Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™ and services to maximize the business value of IT. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of Digital Innovation, Cloud + Data Center Transformation and Connected Workforce solutions and services, we help clients successfully manage their IT today while transforming for tomorrow. From IT strategy and design to implementation, management and supply chain optimization, our employees help clients innovate and elevate their operations to run business smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT

About Women In Cloud

Women In Cloud is a community-led economic development organization taking action to generate $1B in net new global economic access for women entrepreneurs by 2030 through partnerships with corporations, community leaders, and policymakers. Women in Cloud is built on the following core values; Inclusion, Collective Action, and Economic Access to help contribute to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. For further information, visit womenincloud.com or contact vibhac@womenincloud.com

Contacts

Scott Walters
Insight Enterprises

Tel. (480) 889-9798

Email: scott.walters@insight.com

Ariel Kouvaras
Sloane & Co.

Tel. (212) 446-1884

Email: akouvaras@sloanepr.com

Three-Quarters of Employers Fear Future of Work Raises Cybersecurity Risks

Testing cybersecurity knowledge of specialist and everyday workers will identify gaps

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Questionmark–As companies continue to embrace “hybrid” working models, 73% of employers are anticipating a cybersecurity breach.1 Questionmark, the online assessment provider, is encouraging employers to test the cybersecurity knowledge of staff to ensure they can keep data safe as firms embrace the future of work.

The vast majority (90%) of global employers will be combining remote and on-site working after the pandemic, according to research by management consultants McKinsey.2

Some 80% of employers believe their teams have the knowledge to work safely from home, according to IT firm ESET. However, the same study found that three-quarters worry about a cybersecurity breach.3 Cybersecurity experts claim that employees are the weakest link in the security chain.4

Questionmark is encouraging employers to ask five crucial questions about their cybersecurity arrangements:

  1. Are the right systems in place? “Are those who manage cybersecurity following good practice? Is there independent audit to review and certify this?
  2. Do non-technical staff know how to use relevant security technology? Many will have been trained on exactly what to do. But have they retained that knowledge?
  3. Can workers recognize a scam? Phishing attempts, which encourage victims to click on an innocent-looking but dangerous link, are becoming ever-more sophisticated.
  4. Do workers have good safety habits? Such as following good password security and avoiding insecure networks.
  5. Do workers know who to contact if they need help? It used to be easy to sense check a strange email with a nearby IT team member. Is it clear how workers should report concerns when they are not in the office?

John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said: “Continued remote or hybrid working represent the future of work. But human error and old habits remain huge issues.

“Testing knowledge helps employers ensure they have what they need to stay safe. If they spot problems, they can introduce extra training.”

The Questionmark Cybersecurity for Home-Based Workers assessment is a ready-made test that enables employers to measure the level of cybersecurity awareness across the workforce.

The Questionmark Critical Cyber Diagnostic Test by CyberVista assesses worker skills across seven core areas and verifies their proficiency in cyber defense. It is aimed at cybersecurity specialists and other workers who manage sensitive data and systems as part of their job role.

https://www.questionmark.com/platform-services/cybersecurity-for-home-based-workers

https://www.questionmark.com/platform-services/questionmark-critical-cyber-diagnostic-test-by-cybervista

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About Questionmark

Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.

Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.


1 https://www.welivesecurity.com/2021/07/13/hybrid-workplace-what-does-mean-cybersecurity/ 2 https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/what-executives-are-saying-about-the-future-of-hybrid-work 3 https://www.eset.com/int/about/newsroom/press-releases/research/80-of-businesses-worldwide-are-confident-their-remote-employees-have-the-knowledge-to-mitigate-cybe/

4 https://www.welivesecurity.com/2021/07/13/hybrid-workplace-what-does-mean-cybersecurity/

Contacts

For more information:

US: Kristin Bernor, external relations: Kristin.bernor@questionmark.com +1 203.349.6438

UK: James Boyd-Wallis: james.boyd-wallis@fourteenforty.uk +44 7793 021 607

Australia and New Zealand: Chelsea Dowd: chelsea.dowd@questionmark.com +61 2 8073 0527

Data Literacy Tops the Five Most Critical Skills That Businesses Are Looking for in Their People

Increasing demand for certification means providers must deliver programs at scale and speed

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Questionmark–Firms are seeing a step-change in the certified skills they need from their people to grow as technologies and business models rapidly evolve. But 87% of global executives say they are experiencing a skills gap now or expect one soon, according to consulting firm McKinsey.1

Questionmark, the online assessment provider, has identified the top five certifications that firms are requiring from their employees to meet the challenges ahead. To meet this new demand, certification bodies must ensure they can quickly deliver and robustly assess the programs they provide.

Certifications can help equip workers with new skills and enable employers to retain the best staff. Questionmark has identified the top five certifications that businesses are demanding to help address both future challenges and opportunities:

  • Data literacy: data literacy is the skill employers claim they need most, according to research by Forrester Consulting,2 but many employers do not offer formal training in it.
  • Cybersecurity: US cybercrime complaints increased 69% between 2019 and 2020.3 As employers adopt more formal hybrid working arrangements, they are demanding that employees have more rigorous cybersecurity training.
  • Artificial intelligence: market intelligence firm IDC expects the AI market to be worth $554bn by 2024.4 But with an AI skills shortage, employers need their employees to be qualified to help.
  • Project management: with new ways of working, employers need to be sure that their people can handle multiple projects and teams, boosting demand for project management certifications.
  • Digital marketing: as marketing has continued to evolve over the last year, businesses need employees trained in new digital marketing skills. Certification bodies need to offer up-to-date courses covering the latest tools.

John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said: “As firms adapt to the post-pandemic world, they are requiring new skills from their employees. With the advantages of critical certifications increasingly clear to employers, demand is expected to be greater than before. To take advantage of this demand, certification bodies must be able to deliver, and robustly assess, their programs at speed and scale.”

Questionmark provides certification bodies with enterprise-grade technology that frictionlessly integrates all aspects of delivering an assessment into one platform.

www.questionmark.com/questionmark-certification-hub/

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Notes to editors

About Questionmark

Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.

Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.

1 https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/beyond-hiring-how-companies-are-reskilling-to-address-talent-gaps
2 https://www.tableau.com/sites/default/files/2021-06/Tableau_Data_Literacy_Report.pdf
3 https://www.ic3.gov/Media/PDF/AnnualReport/2020_IC3Report.pdf
4 https://research.aimultiple.com/ai-certification/

Contacts

For more information:

US: Kristin Bernor, external relations: Kristin.bernor@questionmark.com +1 203.349.6438

UK: James Boyd-Wallis: james.boyd-wallis@fourteenforty.uk +44 7793 021 607

Australia and New Zealand: Chelsea Dowd: chelsea.dowd@questionmark.com +61 2 8073 0527