The Association for Women in Science provided a fact sheet on "validated best practices from industry" for the recruitment, hiring, and retention of women. In addition, the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation (1) offered best practices for retention and advancement of women in technology-related fields. Their list of the top best practices in these two areas was based on gathering information from companies and organizations in southeast Michigan, and a survey of their membership to prioritize the practices that were identified. The best practices compiled by these two groups seem to have application to other groups underrepresented in STEM and appear to be generally good practices to follow in the workplace. They may be of particular relevance for STEM fields.
Recruiting and hiring
The following are best practices for recruiting and hiring provided by the Association for Women in Science:
Retention of employees
Both the Association for Women in Science and the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation offered best practices for retention of employees. The following is a merged list from the two sources:
Best practices for advancement overlap with retention best practices. The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation listed the following advancement best practices:
1. Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation. (2005). Best practices for the advancement and retention of women in technology. Retrieved from: http://www.mcwtf.org/files/mcwt/51/file/MCWTF%20Professional%20Women%20Docs/MCWT.Best.Practices.1.summary.pdf
Association for Women in Science. (n.d.). Industry best practices. Retrieved from: http://awis.org/associations/9417/files/Industry_Best_Practices.pdf