Top 50 Companies for Executive Women report shows popularity of career counselling

1 Mar

US organisation the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) has issued its Top 50 Companies for Executive Women 2012.

The report shows that the NAFE Top 50 continue to outpace the Fortune 500 on representation of women at executive level: 22% versus 14%.

However, what I find the most interesting finding in this survey is the extent to which career counselling helps women progress their careers. While each NAFE Top Company offers management or leadership training to female employees, the advancement programme that women engage with most is career counselling – 38% of women take advantage of it when it is offered, compared with 11% that use sponsorship programmes and 19% mentoring programmes. The percentage of women having career counselling almost doubled in the past year.

What also sets NAFE companies apart, I note, is that all managers are trained on work/life balance issues and implementing flexible working arrangements.

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