Our commitment to gender diversity and flexibility for parents
SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 • BLOG POST • ALAN MAY, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER
IN THIS ARTICLE
- For the first time, Fortune has recognized HPE as a Great Place to Work for Women
- Additionally, HPE was named by Working Mother as one of the 100 Best Companies for Women and #2 among the Best Workplaces for Dads
HPE recognized for prioritizing inclusion, team member experience
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing has become clear: those with the means and the resources must lead the way in prioritizing people in our society. Institutions, including employers like HPE, have a duty to those who make their success possible – our team members – to lead the way to a more inclusive and equitable world.
In this most unusual year it is an honor to be recognized – for the first time ever – as a Fortune Best Workplace for Women. Fortune Great Places to Work is a gold standard certification for U.S. companies that is based on team member engagement, benefits, and our programs designed to help advance the careers of women.
Gender diversity in tech continues to be a challenge and, while HPE is ahead of the industry in this area, we still have work to do. That is why HPE has set annual goals to increase the representation of women and U.S. racial and ethnic diversity and tie senior executive compensation to diversity metrics within their teams.
While there are many dimensions to supporting and advancing our talent, one critical aspect is workplace flexibility for moms and dads, ensuring we’re supportive of life milestones when raising a family. We believe that when you provide support and resources that are designed to support the life milestones and balance professional and personal life, that team members are more innovative, productive they want to stay a part of HPE.
Working Mother has recognized our efforts to do just that, naming HPE one of the 100 Best Companies and #2 on its list of Best Workplaces for Dads. As first-time honors for HPE, these reflect the priority that we place on supporting parents. Some of the ways we do this include offering six months fully-paid parental leave for adoptions and births, part time return to work options for new parents, and flexible work schedules all designed to help team members with meaningful milestones like raising families. That’s not where it stops. As part of our wellness program, every team member around the world gets every third Friday afternoon off from work to take care of themselves – and their families – however they see fit.
Supporting team members and committing to unconditional inclusion isn’t merely the right thing to do. Our customers, partners, and all of our stakeholders demand it of us. Living up to this commitment drives business results by ensuring our workforce possesses the diversity of life experiences and perspectives that unlocks innovation.
Our thanks go to Fortune and Working Mother for these honors, but most importantly I want to thank our team members. Inclusion cannot only come from the top down – it must be embraced by everyone in an organization to truly take hold and drive change. Even in the face of incredible adversity this year, their commitment to living our values and being a great place to work no matter who you are or your situation in life is as strong as ever.