CA Technologies: the rewards of diversity and inclusion
Generous work-life benefits, resource groups and
broad-based D&I councils are part of this company's campaign to become 'an employer of choice'
Last year, CA Technologies increased its focus on diversity and inclusion, and is already enjoying positive results. In May, the company was named one of 25 Best Companies for Multicultural Women by Working Mother magazine for the second year.
"A lot of our efforts are around becoming an employer of choice. We want to attract and retain employees and keep them engaged," says Julie Fryer, principal HR business partner.
Job hunters may not be familiar with CA Technologies yet, Fryer says. "CA Technologies is not a household name. We were Computer Associates, then became CA Technologies two years ago. But we are a thirty-five-year-old IT management company, handling everything from mainframe to cloud to virtualization to security, a broad portfolio," Fryer explains. The security area is core to the company's business, she adds. There is a wide range of opportunities for job seekers at CA Technologies, along with a workplace that's diversity-friendly, she emphasizes.
Working from its solid footing in diversity and inclusion, CA Technologies intends to step up its initiatives focusing on equal rights and benefits for LGBT employees. The company received an 80 out of 100 score on the 2012 Corporate Equality Index, compiled by the Human Rights Campaign. HRC measures companies against a series of priorities for LGBT employees. CA Technologies participated in the program for the first time this year.
To receive a score of 100 next year, CA Technologies must provide transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage and demonstrate firm-wide organizational competency on LGBT issues. The effort is being led by Meghan Stabler, one of the company's global senior IT operations directors, who champions diversity and serves on President Obama's national LGBT policy committee.
A variety of tech skills are currently in demand at CA Technologies, Fryer says. "We are looking for a wide range of people with skills that are applicable to industry, our products and support of our customers. The majority of our customers are private, primarily glo-bal Fortune 500 companies, but we also work with governments around the world. We are in the process of extending our market to small and medium-sized businesses."
There were about seventy technical jobs available in the U.S. as of mid-summer 2012, and the company plans to maintain this hiring rate, she reports. Some employees are located outside the U.S., and some travel frequently. "A second language is a plus," Fryer says.
"We have many opportunities for people to work in different areas, both geographically and in different departments. We encourage people to consider other internal positions, and we want to educate, train and help people gain skillsets. We also want to retain our talent and provide new opportunities."
CA Technologies hires people at all levels, Fryer says. It has "a robust associate's program" for recent college grads. The company also offers internship opportunities and works with Inroads.
To recruit diverse job candidates, CA Technologies partners with organizations like the National Association of Asian American Professionals, National Black MBA Association, Women in Technology, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, LatPro, Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Community Center, Anita Borg Institute and 100,000 Jobs for Veterans. The company also recruits at universities, depending on current business needs.
One area of particular concern is the number of women in tech fields, Fryer says. Women account for about 31 percent of this company's workforce.
"Increasing the number of women in the workforce is definitely on our minds. We would love to see it increase even more," Fryer says. "We have a good ratio of women to men, but there is room for improvement. The STEM field is a difficult one. We're finding that not a lot of younger girls are interested in those fields. We're trying to form partnerships with organizations that focus on that mission, to ensure that we have more women coming up."
Employee Network Groups (ENGs) are available to support families, women, LGBT employees and young professionals, both as local chapters and virtually.
"It started with Women at CA, and from there, we realized a need to promote such groups. The groups focus on achieving business goals. They work with executive and middle managers and open lines of communication," Fryer says.
Five onsite Montessori children's centers operate within CA Technologies, and the families group supports those. "Work-life balance is very important," Fryer says. Employees have flex time, child care and elder care assistance, adoption assistance programs, a military leave policy, a disability accommodation policy, and resources for new mothers returning to work. There are lactation rooms at most locations in the U.S.
New to the company is a cross-functional diversity task force, in which employees at different levels and departments participate. "As a result of their work, management has become increasingly aware of the importance of a diverse workforce, and employees are coming forward with their concerns," Fryer notes. "We are also going through a new core values culture transformation. Recognizing diversity and inclusion is part of that," she adds.
Each of the company's functional groups examines its workforce population and partners with HR staff to discuss succession planning for key positions, future opportunities and needs, and to initiate conversations with "high-potential employees," Fryer says.
CA Technologies has a global mentoring program for all employees. Some departments have mentoring programs specific to their work, with specific criteria for eligibility.
The company also runs an active community affairs program that concentrates on health and communities, technologies, education and the advancement of women in IT. The company works with Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Tech Girls Rock program, and with the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology; Springboard Enterprises, which educates, showcases and supports women entrepreneurs; and Year Up, which provides urban young adults with skills, experience and support. CA Technologies has recently begun a partnership with Citizens Schools in the greater Boston area. CA Technologies gives employees three days of paid time each year to volunteer in their communities.
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