Weekend Poll: Inside Your Professional Networks

The weekend is approaching, and I’m inviting you to join in Exceptional EA’s latest weekend poll. 

This month, with the help of international panel members Craig Bryson, Bianca Constance, Declan Halton-Woodward, Craig Harris, Jennifer Robson, James Sobczak, Matthew Want and Louise Whitehead, we’re comparing perceptions and realities of the admin. profession around the globe. Next week in that series, panelists share their insights on their professional networks and associations.

Why examine networks’ roles in busting career stereotypes?

It’s simple. Professional associations and networks are important to admin. professionals, and that gives them tremendous opportunities to influence thinking. Them, of course, means us – the members and (often) volunteer leaders of such networks.

Networks as key resources for admin. professionals

We know from my Weekend Poll of earlier this month that 95% of respondents belong to one or more professional associations/networks. That’s up from 89% last year. While this no doubt reflects a different sample (response) group from last year, I think it’s also likely that this reflects rising demand for professional affiliations and supports.

My belief is bolstered by the fact that 17% of you joined such peer groups within just the last two years. However, this could also reflect an increasing number of Millennials joining this profession.

What steps do you and your professional association take to continue to foster an environment that’s relevant and welcoming to women and men of all ages?

Demographics: generations and genders 

I’d be interested in your take on demographics within your network/association, or the local chapter in which you’re active. The fact that 39% of all respondents joined their networks or associations in just the past five years, while 13.5% had been involved for more than 15 years, suggests generational clusters within networks.  Sandwiched between these two ranges, almost one in five respondents (19%) have been involved in a professional network for a period ranging from 10 to 15 years.

Readers also told me about the composition of their networks by gender. 13% of respondents said there are no men in their professional networks. A significant majority, 68%, estimated male membership to be between one and five percent of total membership. Some of these numbers no doubt reflect the percentages of women and men in administrative careers.

I thought it would be interesting to explore readers’ networks in a bit more depth. This weekend, I’m again inviting you to contribute your thoughts on some of the questions I posed to panel members – and some I hadn’t thought to ask them. This weekend’s focus:

Generations and Genders: Inside Your Professional Associations & Networks

Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below, and I’ll publish results … soon.

A couple of notes about this Weekend Poll:
  • I’ll be out of country all of next week and going almost cold turkey in terms of wi fi access. Watch for results on Tuesday, February 7th.
  • If you belong to more than one professional association/network, feel free to complete the Poll once for each such network.

“Select” whichever responses apply, and remember to CLICK on the “VOTE” ICON AFTER EACH QUESTION.

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