The Women’s Career Index lets numbers speak.
As a measuring instrument, the FKi documents the development of employees through the levels and shows individual strengths and weaknesses of the company. Based on the FKi analyses, measures taken so far to create more permeability for diversity can be reviewed for their effectiveness and focused recommendations for implementation can be derived.
The index model
The index provides you as a decision-maker with reliable KPI figures and supports an objective and fact-based discussion in the company and in public.
How exactly are index and sub-indices calculated?
The companies receive a comprehensive catalogue of questions. For each sub-index there are different clusters of questions on the structure of employees and management, on personnel development, on communication on gender equality issues as well as on goals and measures. Points are collected for what has been achieved, the goals, activities and measures.
Index values between 0 and 100 are possible, with 100 being the best possible index value. The questionnaire is mostly filled out by HR managers. It is designed to cover a wide range of topics. Therefore, it is often not necessary to answer every single question in order to obtain sufficient information and evaluation material.
What is the scientific basis of the methodology?
For the FKi, theoretical and empirical studies on the career advancement of women in companies were analysed and assessed worldwide together with social scientists and economists from the DIW and the TU Berlin. In addition, numerous interviews were conducted with personnel directors or personnel officers in various companies. In a second step, the different statistical methods were screened and discussed to what extent they could be used in such a sophisticated set of instruments. Based on these preliminary studies and with the help of a pre-test, the actual instrument was then developed in several stages over two years (2012-2014).
The FKi was developed through collaboration with, among others.
- Dr. Joachim Scharioth, managing partner of JoScha Kulturprojekte gGmbH and active since 1969 in applied research, the development of empirically based strategies for companies and public bodies with a focus on technology and society. He was managing director of TNS and is the developer of the TRI:M Index and author of scientific books and articles on index development and corporate governance.
- Mr. Uwe Braun and Prof. Dr. Stefan Tuschl, founders of komma Forschungs- und Beratungsgesellschaft, whose substantive focus, in addition to classic market research, is on consulting and conducting sophisticated statistical analyses as well as modelling.
What recommendations for action can be derived from the results?
The index model initially allows the company an individual analysis of its internal situation with regard to its efforts to bring more women into leadership. With repeated participation in the FKi, progress and developments can be derived.
In the course of its investigations, the FKi has already identified 46 concrete measures and can make reliable statements about possible applications and effectiveness in your company. The open exchange and, if necessary, in-depth explorations provide important personal impressions from practice in addition to the data collected and thus expand the scope for action to achieve the goals set by the company.
How can I have my company indexed?
If you are interested in indexing, please contact us. We will determine your individual needs in a conversation and make you an adapted offer. You will then receive the questionnaire, which you fill out and return to us. On the basis of this data, we will carry out your company-specific analysis as well as a comparison. You also decide whether you want to participate anonymously or publicly in the overall ranking of FKi companies.