A key topic of discussion at the 2016 CIO Summit was diversity with Director of Technology and Operations' David Henderson promoting gender equality in STEM roles.
He cited attracting, retaining and building a pipeline for the future as the three key sections for increasing diversity in the workplace.
Working with groups like The Tech Talent Charts or Women of Silicon Roundabout can help create a wider pool of talent, with 45% of women being more likely to drop out of a STEM career than men due to cultural fit.
CIOs increasing diversity should adopt flexible benefits, remote working and encourage female mentors resulting in a team more creative, open and productive.
CIO challenges for 2017: Balancing a demanding role and managing stakeholders
CIO managing their workload as well as their teams remains a challenge for executives today.
According to the 2017 Spiceworks career outlook survey, 40% of IT professionals were burnt out in their current role, while 38% of those surveyed were looking to find a better work-life balance.
CIO columnist Matt Ballantine described how CIOs will have to balance a demanding role with business expectations and company stakeholders.
"There are endless demands and in most organisations, there is only going to be a fair amount of resource," he said. "The hardest bit today is deciding what to do and not what to do where you have to manage expectations and stakeholders in the organisation to be able to do that.
Columnist Ballantine also said having a voice and getting noticed as a Chief Information Officer will help manage the digital leading role.
"Making sure there is a wide engagement with senior people across an organisation making calls and building relationships rather than the CIO being left in the position of upsetting somebody is the best route to address that."
Addressing these issues and maintaining a better work-life balance will address skill gaps, retain talent and create company loyalty for supporting CIOs in their executive's roles for 2017.
Source: CIO UK
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