“Transferable Skills are the Reason I’m in the Industry Today” | CAPRE’s Women of Mission Critical Summit Weighs Recruitment Strategies

LEESBURG, VA – CAPRE’s inaugural Women of Mission Critical Summit tackled the data center industry’s diversity challenges head on, from many angles. The culminating panel of the day, “Seeking Talent and Skills: Best Practices for Recruitment in Today’s Environment,” was perhaps the most focused on shining a light on specific problems in our industry. That’s why Moderator Robin Aron, Executive Director of the 7x24 Exchange, Carolina's Chapter looked to panelist Krystyna Witt, Sales Engineering, Evoque Data Center Solutions with a question about workforce re-entry. “Christina, are employers and recruiters taking enough interest and action in providing a good plat form to assist women who are considering re-entering the workforce?” she asked. “I think that obviously we have come a long way, but there is a longer road ahead of us. And today, just having to travel and work abroad, I’d have to say that European nations are a bit more advanced than us as far as providing a family-friendly leave policy,” replied Witt. “As women, we get very stressed out when we think of having to go on maternity leave – we have to think of the baby and we have to multi-task. In Europe, females have up to 2 years to return to the workforce. And in some countries, it doesn’t even have to be that same position – there’s a more open policy referring to the entire company.” In other words, here in the U.S., we have some…