Today we received theÂ veryÂ positive news that VMware Australia has been awardedÂ Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) fromÂ the Workplace Gender Quality AgencyÂ for the second year in a row. As an IT company,Â this is a very proud moment for us.Â The award means a lot to me personally also. ItÂ symbolisesÂ the progress we are making to shift the needle of equality in the IT industry, a field that has traditionally been dominated by men.Â AtÂ VMware weÂ pride ourselves on our approach toÂ enableÂ equal opportunity and innovation – diversity is in our DNA and thisÂ awardÂ pays tribute toÂ our investmentÂ towardsÂ initiatives in this space.
When many people think of VMware they will instinctively default to the notion of us as an industry leadingÂ virtualization and cloud software company â€“ theyÂ are right.Â ButÂ what they might not question is the journey involvedÂ in getting there.Â For me itâ€™s simple,Â itâ€™s about the people. At VMware we know that aÂ diverse workforceÂ drives innovationÂ and that this innovation in turn delivers business outcomes, therefore we see a direct business benefit as a result of nurturing a workplace environment with equal employee opportunities at the core.
To achieve this, we have set in place a number of internal policies which assist in ensuring staff members are provided with opportunities to learn and progress within along any chosen career path. At VMware Iâ€™m proud of the internal policies we have in play to help support and grow our very diverse workforce including our Diversity Council whichÂ is of particular personal importance to me.Â However,Â our internal policies are only the beginning.Â WeÂ mustÂ look at a much bigger picture, one which incorporates not onlyÂ VMwareÂ employees, but the entire IT Industry.
Across various industries today,Â it is surprising to still see the segregation between careerÂ pathsÂ taken by men and women, and itâ€™sÂ particularlyÂ apparent in the technology industry.Â So itâ€™s essential that people in the position to help change this trend are taking action. ThisÂ isÂ moreÂ than just promoting gender equality outcomes â€“ itâ€™s about promoting equalÂ opportunitiesÂ for allÂ employees andÂ the broader tech industry.Â I think the C-Suite has a role to play here.Â We have an obligation to help drive this change equality in the technology industry,Â and further.Â This can be achieved byÂ creating workplaces which allow flexible working arrangementsÂ and encourage equality. Itâ€™s up to the CEOs to be the driving force behind this.
This will take time, but we are making progress.Â We must not become complacent.Â BeingÂ attributed withÂ theÂ EOCGE recognition demonstrates thatÂ VMwareÂ isÂ playing a leading role in theÂ shiftÂ away from traditional stringent company structures to an environment where individuals are judged on skill sets and talentÂ above all.
By Duncan Bennet â€“ Vice PresidentÂ & Managing Director, VMware Australia and New Zealand