Design Thinking and Women in Tech: How Managers Can Support Work-Life Integration

As a professional with over 15 years of experience in Global Partner Success at Scale, Partner Operations, and Team Excellence, I have seen first-hand the challenges that women in tech face when trying to balance family life with their career ambitions. This is why I embarked on a project, using the Design Thinking methodology, now also in collaboration with WomenTech Network, to identify how managers can support high-achieving women in tech to succeed while balancing family life.

 

Qualitative Research Findings

While conducting a series of qualitative interviews with 15 women and 8 men from C-level to individual contributor positions, the focus was on gathering personal experiences and insights. A recurring theme that emerged from these interviews was the need for managers to have more guidance on how to support women with families. The project highlighted the importance of providing managers with tools and resources to help them create a supportive work culture that caters to the needs of female employees. I discovered that providing female employees with the tools and resources they need to balance family life with their career ambitions, such as flexible working arrangements, mentorship opportunities, and networking events, is crucial.

Key Insight: “Managers Need a Toolkit to Help High Achieving Women in Tech Succeed Whilst Balancing Family Life”

One of the key findings of my research was the need for “Manager/Company Changes” to support high-achieving women in tech to balance family life with their career ambitions. I found that managers need a toolkit to support their female employees, which could include flexible working arrangements, mentorship opportunities, and networking events. The toolkit could also include resources to help managers create a supportive work culture, such as training on unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion, and work-life balance.

Importance of Company Policies and Legislation

My project also highlighted the importance of company policies and legislation in supporting women in tech to balance family life with their career ambitions. This may involve advocating for policies that support flexible working arrangements, parental leave, and other benefits that are important to women in tech.

 

Collaboration with WomenTech Network

I am proud to collaborate with WomenTech Network on this important initiative, which has the potential to make a significant impact in the tech industry. Our collaboration aims to empower women in tech to attain C-level positions while maintaining a balanced family life. WomenTech Network is providing valuable feedback as the toolkit is developed to ensure that it meets the needs of women in tech.

 

Contribute to the Manager Toolkit Development and Provide Feedback

To support this initiative, we invite you to contribute and provide feedback on the toolkit that is being developed. Your feedback will help ensure that the toolkit meets the needs of women in tech and their managers. Please use the following form to share your insights and suggestions: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdd-CaTqieo_3rDah5JNEkYD0PW81ILBH22zfOi2vOfetIOgA/viewform

 

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Conclusion

My project highlights the importance of creating a supportive work culture that caters to the needs of women in tech. By providing managers with the tools and resources they need to support their female employees, companies can help ensure that women in tech are able to balance family life with their career ambitions and succeed in the industry. The collaboration between WomenTech Network and myself has the potential to make a significant impact in the tech industry, and we look forward to your contributions and feedback. Thank you for supporting this significant initiative!

 

About Joanne John:

Joanne John is an experienced professional with over 15 years of expertise in Global Partner Success at Scale, Partner Operations, and Team Excellence. As a Council Member at WomenTech Network, Joanne is a strategic partner, a trusted subject matter expert, and a passionate team development leader with a strong interest in STEM and community outreach. Joanne is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma at University College Dublin, where she is using the Design Thinking methodology in collaboration with WomenTech Network to identify ways to help high-achieving women in tech succeed while balancing family life.

 

About WomenTech Network

WomenTech Network is the world’s leading community for women in tech with more than 6,000 Global Ambassadors representing 172 countries. 70,000 tech leaders have collaborated with the network to date in order to cultivate a diverse global network that reaches 3.5 million people. WomenTech Network strives to empower women in tech through leadership development, professional growth, and mentorship programs. WomenTech Network hosts regular career networking events and a global tech conference for members to connect with like-minded professionals and learn about job opportunities at leading companies that value diversity.