The programme is part of an industry wide agenda to improve the female pipeline in tech and it is not exclusive to female Sky employees. However, with more than 300 applications for the pilot, there is a clear demand for this channel and Sky is already looking into evolving the programme. “Demand has been amazingly high,” Uberoi says, “And we now need to look into what additional courses we can offer.” With such initiatives underway Uberoi is confident in the company’s ability to accomplish its 50/50 gender split in its top 400 leadership roles. Women already occupy a third of leadership positions Sky and the organisation is intent on surpassing these figures. Moving forward, the focus for Sky will be to consolidate the system into something sustainable and embed it into the very fabric of its culture. This presents both a challenge and an opportunity. Sky employee benefits include a subsidised onsite gym, parents Sky network for men and women, workshops for staff going on their first maternity leave, online health and beauty salon, as well as formal health life insurance and shared parental leave policies. The challenge, Uberoi explains, is to cement our culture of ‘working smart’, where employees can utilise their workplace benefits and individuals in certain roles can work outside of a standard nine to five framework. She says: “We’re building a culture around making it acceptable to work smartly and be output focussed, rather than on presenteeism.” With offices in Germany and Italy, Sky intends to apply its knowledge from this process to its teams further afield and to a broader spectrum of diversity issues. “We see the sponsorship and development programme as a short term solution but what we want to do is make it fit for purpose, make it a part of the way we work and the way we are, so we don’t need to run bespoke programmes for women. “Ultimately, we want to be an organisation that is agile and flexible and doesn’t need a central initiative to be championing the cause.” THE POLL IS NOW CLOSED – RESULTS WILL BE REVEALED AT THE FIRST WOMEN AWARDS ON 22 JUNE.
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