Deloitte & Touche: a Hole in the Pipeline Essay

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Deloitte & Touche: A hole in the pipeline
The main problem at Deloitte & Touche in January 1991 was to retain talented woman in the company. Hiring and retaining the same percentage of man and women has always been a strategic priority for the company. In Deloitte & Touche were hired the best students, naturally half men and half women, soon after their graduation (in audit and tax services business) or after an MBA program (in the consulting business); they were trained and given a mentor. The new employees began as staff accountants, then they could become semi-senior, manager or senior manager and finally, after 10 to 12 years senior managers could obtain the major promotion: to become a partner of Deloitte & Touche owning a certain
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The senior managers had no idea of what was going on and they weren’t even sure that it was a real problem. Only when their estimated colleague and partner told them clearly and unequivocally as things stood, they realized the importance of the issue. Anyway the effort they made represents a very good start and in the long term it allowed them to get better results being the first accounting and consulting firm to focus on the issue.
Deloitte & Touche: Changing the Workplace
The organizational change at Deloitte & Touche was really successful. In 1999 the company was been named #8 on Fortune magazine’s list of “The Best Companies to Work for in America” and at the same time the revenues increased by 30%. The achievement of these brilliant results was never easy and it became possible only thanks to a very big effort of the Women’s Initiative, that managed to involve almost everyone within the company, making men aware that women could be a surplus value with their different way of thinking or act to accomplish the same objectives. The workshop was set up mainly to achieve this goal, because the most of the time people didn’t even realize or did never think about the differences in perception between men and women. Day-by-day, however, the lessons of the workshop began

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