Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Female execs hit the road, and Microsoft hits the Pearl district

Female executives move on
An Oregon State University professor and other researchers released the findings of a study yesterday. By analyzing the 1,500 Standard & Poor's firms, they found that female executives are more than twice as likely to leave their positions than their male counterparts.

About 7.2 percent of women executives in the survey left their jobs, compared to 3.8 percent of men. Both the voluntary rates (4.3% versus 2.8% for men) and the involuntary rates (2.9% versus 0.9%) were higher for women executives.

“We really had to dig deep to tease out any systematic patterns behind these departures,” said lead author John Becker-Blease of OSU. “We did find that women were slightly more likely to leave smaller firms, and firms with more male-dominated boards, but this was a small effect size.”

Get more information from the full press release.

Microsoft moves in
Microsoft joins in the continuing string of news related to technology companies, with an Oregonian report of the software icon's plans to open an office in downtown Portland's Pearl District. Details of the plan are few, but they include moving 40 jobs from a southwest Portland suburb into a downtown location.

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