Companies of all sizes bring unique perspectives to the challenge of retaining women in Canada’s tech sector.
Startups typically have between 1-120 employees. Those who want to attract and retain great people are competing against well-resourced scaleups and big tech companies. We found that startups create value for employees by offering flexibility and autonomy. When startups get everyone involved in retention, design diverse teams and products, and focus on resourcefulness, they are establishing the foundation for inclusive growth.
Scaleups – with between 121-500 employees – are setting the stage for Canadian tech in the next 20 years by closing the gap between startups and large enterprises in the innovation ecosystem. Scaleups know how important it is to attract and retain women who want to grow their careers alongside the growth of the company. With this in mind, we found that scaleups are focusing their efforts on employee engagement and demonstrating how an intersectional approach can further support people in the workplace.
Canada’s large entreprises with 501-85,000+ employees are also some of Canada’s big tech employers. They are setting trends in the tech sector and taking a long-term view on women’s career paths. Big companies can demonstrate how resources can be invested to support the career longevity of women in tech. These influencers can help the industry to reimagine our approaches to mental wellbeing and policies that help employees to better balance work and life. We found that successfully integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies across large companies is complex but having a dedicated person in the role of a Chief Diversity Officer may be a key part of the solution.