EOWA is a federal government body that administers the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act.
Being cited by the EOWA is a prestigious acknowledgement that the organisation meets stringent guidelines around supporting, recognising & advancing the women within its workforce. This includes meeting minimum maternity leave guidelines, flexible work practices, a minimum percentage of female management and ensuring pay equality.
It aims to differentiate organisations from their competitors and give public recognition of efforts toward the equal opportunity for women.
I am quite proud that this year, Microsoft Australia was included in the list of the 111 organisations cited.
Our Managing Director Tracey Fellows had these inspiring words to say:
I am very proud to announce that we have been awarded a citation as a 2009 EOWA Employer of Choice for Women. This is testament to the AMAZING work being done to attract and retain GREAT women to Microsoft Australia.
For us, compiling the application was a great opportunity to take a step back and look at the big picture. It really is a compelling story of how seriously we take our diversity strategy and our vision to Attract the Best as an equal opportunity employer.
We shared how we provide leadership and development opportunities to women and how our diversity strategy drives an inclusive culture that is championed by our leaders. What we do ranges from the day to day – policies, practices and measurement; to strategic innovation – such as our flexible work policy ‘what works for you can work for us too’. Most importantly all of these activities deliver results for women and for our business!
EOWA was particularly impressed by the number of women in the senior leadership team, our Diversity Council, the strong accountability streak in our culture and our flexible work policy.
As a 2009 EOWA Employer of Choice for Women, we will continue to look for more innovative ways to get women into IT and retain them, keep the focus on our inclusive culture and use this citation in our recruitment practices and employer branding. Most of all we will continue to celebrate the diversity in Microsoft Australia and our successes!
The full list of corporations has been published, see if your organisation has been cited: http://www.eowa.gov.au/EOWA_Employer_of_Choice_for_Women/Organisation_List_09.asp