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Deloitte Cited as “Model Employer” in Shriver Report

Women’s Initiative and Mass Career Customization cited as innovative

Deloitte LLP was cited as the nation's model employer partner for "The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything,"  released in October by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress.

The Shriver Report takes an in-depth look at what has happened and what still needs to happen now that women make up half of the U.S. workforce and contribute significantly to household income. The study explores how business, government, the media and other institutions can work together to adapt and benefit from the trend, and Deloitte emerged through the Shriver Report research as the high water mark for what the workplace could look like. In interviews and presentations of the report findings, Shriver consistently cites Deloitte as the organization that’s the model employer for the ‘new normal.’

Deloitte has been anticipating and responding to these trends for decades, consistently building programs that recognize the vital role of women in our profession.

As CEO Barry Salzberg explains, “we are building the workplace of the future for ourselves and a new model for organizations everywhere to follow." A central tenet of Deloitte’s efforts has been that changes in the workforce require changes in the workplace, so that both individuals and organizations can thrive in the twenty first century economy."

Cathy Benko, vice chairman and chief talent officer, Deloitte LLP, said, “We applaud the Shriver Report’s efforts to raise awareness of a trend that is not only transforming our institutions, but providing them with opportunities to grow, innovate and enhance their performance. Through our own journey to retain and advance women, we know that what is good for women is good for all of our people.”

The report calls Deloitte “an excellent example of an employer that has taken an aggressive leadership position in protean career approaches”―citing Mass Career Customization™ (MCC) as an innovation. The report notes that MCC “grew out of a women’s initiative within the company, but it is now being used across the board for individuals regardless of level in the organization, age, or gender.”

In 1993, Deloitte established the first major corporate initiative for the retention and advancement of women. Still active today, Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative focuses on building a strong pipeline of women professionals that strengthens leadership, drives marketplace growth and creates a culture where the best people – women and men – choose to be. Through a variety of ongoing professional development, mentoring and career-life programs, Deloitte has increased the number of women partners, principals and directors from 97 in 1993 to over 1000 today.

Most recently, recognizing that one-size-fits-all workplace practices are fitting fewer and fewer, Deloitte has moved from a corporate ladder to a corporate lattice model of career development. No longer is moving up the only legitimate goal -- there are now many ways to have a successful career. Since adopting this model, Deloitte’s has enjoyed a 25 percent increase in satisfaction with career-life fit and earned the top spot on BusinessWeek’s list of “Best Places to Launch a Career,” and risen into Working Mother Magazine's "Top 10 Companies for Working Mothers."

Deloitte’s leading talent initiatives include:

  • Mass Career Customization™, a model that enables all Deloitte professionals to dial up and dial down their careers to fit their needs at various life stages.
  • Women as Buyers, a program to help men at Deloitte build stronger relationships with their women clients and colleagues by better understanding their work styles.
  • A voluntary sabbatical program that allows Deloitte employees to take up to six months off to engage in volunteering and other personal pursuits.
  • Deloitte University, a state-of-the-art learning and leadership development facility currently in construction to foster personal and professional growth at Deloitte.

The report is getting much media attention, and Shriver has mentioned Deloitte as being ahead of the game on NBC’s Meet the Press, Morning Joe on Fox News, Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, and other shows. See select clips below:

Shriver - Meet the Press Meet the Press, Sunday, October 18, 2009

Shriver - Andrea Mitchell Reports Andrea Mitchell Reports, Monday, October 19, 2009

MSNBC Morning Joe MSNBC Morning Joe, Monday, October 19, 2009

Shriver - Channel 4 KNBC Los Angeles, Channel 4 News, Monday, October 19, 2009

Shriver, KNTV San Francisco KNTV San Francisco, The Bay Area News at 6, Monday, October 19, 2009

 

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