Recruitment is never enough

Retention of women and minorities in the IT workplace

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Abstract

Women, as well as African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans are represented in the information technology (IT) workforce in percentages that are far lower than their percentages in the population as a whole. While recruiting efforts are crucial for increasing the participation of women and minorities, it is equally important that we retain those already in the IT workforce. Here we present an assessment of the relevant literature addressing retention issues for women and minorities. Some issues that arise from this literature can be applied directly to changes that must take place in the IT workplace such as; the development of gender/race/ethnic appropriate mentors, sponsors or role models in the work environment, the development of involvement of the family and/or community in support of the work environment, the development of a nurturing work environment to offset internalized out-group status, the development of a truly multicultural work environment that values gender/race/ethnic differences, the development of recognition of and assistance with stress from financial issues and social/family obligations, and the eradication of institutional practices that marginalize women and minorities. There is a need to deepen our understanding of retention issues for women and minorities in order to inform intervention strategies. This work addresses this need by providing an in-depth examination of factors affecting attraction, development and especially retention of minorities and women in IS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, SIGMIS CPR 2004
EditorsE. Trauth, S. Weisband
Pages84-91
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Jun 28 2004
EventProceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, SIGMIS CPR 2004 - Tucson, AZ, United States
Duration: Apr 22 2004Apr 24 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference

Other

OtherProceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, SIGMIS CPR 2004
CountryUnited States
CityTucson, AZ
Period4/22/044/24/04

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Information technology
workplace
information technology
minority
work environment
gender
outgroup
intervention strategy
role model
Work place
Minorities
obligation
assistance
examination
participation
Work environment
community
Values
literature
Workforce

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Law

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Tapia, A. H., & Kvasny, L. (2004). Recruitment is never enough: Retention of women and minorities in the IT workplace. In E. Trauth, & S. Weisband (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, SIGMIS CPR 2004 (pp. 84-91). (Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference).
Tapia, Andrea H. ; Kvasny, Lynette. / Recruitment is never enough : Retention of women and minorities in the IT workplace. Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, SIGMIS CPR 2004. editor / E. Trauth ; S. Weisband. 2004. pp. 84-91 (Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference).
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Tapia, AH & Kvasny, L 2004, Recruitment is never enough: Retention of women and minorities in the IT workplace. in E Trauth & S Weisband (eds), Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, SIGMIS CPR 2004. Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, pp. 84-91, Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, SIGMIS CPR 2004, Tucson, AZ, United States, 4/22/04.

Recruitment is never enough : Retention of women and minorities in the IT workplace. / Tapia, Andrea H.; Kvasny, Lynette.

Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, SIGMIS CPR 2004. ed. / E. Trauth; S. Weisband. 2004. p. 84-91 (Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference).

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Tapia AH, Kvasny L. Recruitment is never enough: Retention of women and minorities in the IT workplace. In Trauth E, Weisband S, editors, Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference, SIGMIS CPR 2004. 2004. p. 84-91. (Proceedings of the ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference).