10-Nov-2010   12:00 AM

Synnex wins 'Equal Opportunity Award' from Australia Government EOWA

In her address EOWA Acting Director, Mairi Steele, said “The organisations profiled today at the 10th EOWA Business Achievement Awards represent the way forward for EO in Australian businesses. Ultimately, they are the organisations that are going to be able to secure the best and brightest staff.” The winners and finalists were honoured at a ceremony in Melbourne attended by the Minister for the Status of Women, the Hon. Kate Ellis, MP and keynote speaker, Glen Boreham, Managing Director, IBM Australia New Zealand.


Outstanding EEO Practice for the Advancement of Women in a Non-Traditional Area/Role

 Synnex, an IT distribution company, tackled the gender pay gap by increasing the number of women at each level of the organisation in its male dominated workforce. They reviewed and altered job descriptions and diversified roles to attract female candidates as well as offering flexible working arrangements and work from home options. A new internal grading system was introduced to overcome the issue that female staff didn’t have specific industry experience and found it hard to be promoted as quickly as other employees. All senior managers were requested to nominate high achieving female staff members to take on the role of 2IC or team leaders and the women identified were offered external training and a mentor. Over two years the company has increased the number of female staff from 95 to 116 and achieved a greater representation of female staff in management.

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