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Mother. It’s one of the best, hardest, most rewarding, challenging and unpredictable jobs a woman can have. As we approach Mother’s Day in the U.S, I’m reminded of the immense happiness motherhood brings me. I’m also reminded of my own mother. As a child, I distinctly remember watching her getting ready for work. I remember […]

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Mother. It’s one of the best, hardest, most rewarding, challenging and unpredictable jobs a woman can have.

As we approach Mother’s Day in the U.S, I’m reminded of the immense happiness motherhood brings me. I’m also reminded of my own mother. As a child, I distinctly remember watching her getting ready for work. I remember what it stirred in me. In a word? Pride. My mother’s commitment to her career inspired me. I wanted a career I would be passionate about, and in turn, inspire my own children.

That’s why this Mother’s Day I’m appreciating working for a company where I can be a mother and a business professional in a role I truly love. I’m also reflecting on how critical the strides we’re making in workplace culture, policies, and programs are to better serve working mothers and parents.

In an industry made up of just 24% women, we can’t afford to miss out on the perspectives and innovation we unlock when we ensure our workplace mirrors the world in which we live. And considering our current cybersecurity talent shortage, an inclusive workplace is critical to bridging our workforce gap.

To encourage more women to bring (and keep!) their valuable and highly sought-after skills in the workplace, we can’t just talk a good game when it comes to championing inclusion and diversity; we have to walk the walk. Here are three ways McAfee is doing just that when it comes to supporting mothers:

Supporting You as Your Family Grows

Welcoming a child is an exciting time in your life. We want to help you take the time you need and to celebrate, bond, and adjust to new life with the newest addition to your family. Whether it’s offering extended leave with your new baby, providing the convenience of bringing your kids to the office or flexible working schedules, our parent initiatives recognize, celebrate, and accommodate your life’s big moments.

Offering Comfort and Convenience in the Workplace

Coming back to work after having a baby can be a big transition for many, which is why McAfee helps support mothers returning to the workplace after leave. For example, if you’re a nursing mother who travels throughout the U.S., we offer a Milk Stork delivery program to give you peace of mind and convenience to get your baby’s nourishment delivered in a safe and speedy manner.

In an ever-growing number of McAfee offices we offer Mother’s Rooms to provide a private and convenient way for mothers or mothers-to-be to enjoy a quiet and comfortable space while providing for their infant (and let’s be honest, sometimes that’s the only 20 minutes or so of quiet time a new working mother might have!). And for expecting or new mothers, Stork Parking provides reserved parking spaces. Fun fact: a pregnant woman’s lungs become increasingly compact as the baby grows which means getting from A to B is no longer a simple task. We recognize this at McAfee. We know that the small things count.

Reintroducing Mothers to the Workforce

We know careers aren’t always linear, and parents may choose to pause their careers to care for their families. McAfee’s Return to Workplace program taps into the potential of those who may have taken a career break with the support, guidance, and resources needed to successfully rejoin the workforce. This global initiative was launched in our Bangalore, Cork, and Plano offices last year. I’m proud to share 80 percent of program participants were offered a full-time position at McAfee.

Being a working mother is a strength. It only adds to the varying perspectives and experiences that drive innovative solutions. At McAfee, I’m so proud of the ways we’re recognizing and supporting mothers – and all of our team members – in being successful at home and at the workplace.

To learn more about the ways we support working mothers and our efforts to build an inclusive workplace where all can belong, read our first-ever Inclusion & Diversity Report.

Ready to join a company that helps you achieve your best at work and at home? We’re hiring.

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Championing Equality: McAfee to Achieve Gender Pay Parity in 2019 https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/championing-equality-mcafee-to-achieve-gender-pay-parity-in-2019/ https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/championing-equality-mcafee-to-achieve-gender-pay-parity-in-2019/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 19:25:48 +0000 https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/?p=93600

Recently, the World Economic Forum revealed it will take 202 years for women to achieve economic gender parity at our current rate. Two hundred and two. Let that sink in for a moment. Doesn’t quite seem right does it? At McAfee, we believe every single employee should be compensated fairly and equally for their individual contribution […]

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Recently, the World Economic Forum revealed it will take 202 years for women to achieve economic gender parity at our current rate. Two hundred and two. Let that sink in for a moment. Doesn’t quite seem right does it? At McAfee, we believe every single employee should be compensated fairly and equally for their individual contribution and impact to the company, regardless of gender. Which is why we’re committed to acting now to address any gender pay parity discrepancy in the first half of 2019.

This announcement underlines our unwavering commitment to inclusion and diversity. When McAfee reaches global pay parity in 2019, we will be the first pure-play cybersecurity company to do so. And while study after study reinforces the simple fact that diversity drives prosperity, we’re still falling short with just 11% female representation in cybersecurity.

 

Making significant progress is not going to happen overnight. It also won’t happen on its own. We need greater collaboration to help drive the actions that will change the conversation. So in the spirit of transparency and sharing best practice, here are five steps McAfee is undertaking to achieve gender pay parity:

  1. We define pay parity. At McAfee, pay parity means fair and equal pay for employees in the same job, level and location, controlling for pay differentiators such as performance, tenure and experience, regardless of gender.
  2. We review our employee data integrity. Audit employee job codes to ensure they appropriately represent the employee’s role.
  3. We analyze our data. Group employees by job code, level and location to evaluate any gaps outside of the predetermined controlling factors.
  4. We adjust pay. If a gap is found between females and males within the group, our purpose is to ensure nothing about a person’s gender is causing the discrepancy and to make adjustments if needed.
  5. We uphold pay parity. This will not be just a point in time review, but an annual analysis to stay the course. But maintaining pay parity also means keeping it at the forefront throughout the year—from our hiring practices to how we promote and reward our employees.

In these five steps lies a momentous promise to equality. Each day, I’m proud to work alongside a team dedicated to creating a workplace where all voices, perspectives and experiences are welcomed, where everyone can belong. But our investment in pay parity is among the most important steps in showing our people we value them, equally.

With this commitment, we continue to live our values, build an inclusive culture, create better workplaces and build stronger communities. I’m honored to join companies beyond the world of cyber already striving towards pay parity and I hope more will join us in reaching this milestone in equality.

Ready to work for a company committed to equality? McAfee is hiring!

Disclaimer: This blog was originally published on LinkedIn

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Transforming Students into Professionals to Close the Skills Gap: A Million Dollar Investment https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/transforming-students-into-professionals-to-close-the-skills-gap-a-million-dollar-investment/ https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/transforming-students-into-professionals-to-close-the-skills-gap-a-million-dollar-investment/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:59:02 +0000 https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/?p=92396

Innovation. It’s at the core of any security breakthrough. Just ask an expert in the crowd gathered at MPOWER, McAfee’s Annual Security Summit. And if you ask me, as McAfee’s SVP and chief human resource officer, innovation is not just how our industry can defend against the growing number of cyberthreats, but also how we […]

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Innovation. It’s at the core of any security breakthrough. Just ask an expert in the crowd gathered at MPOWER, McAfee’s Annual Security Summit. And if you ask me, as McAfee’s SVP and chief human resource officer, innovation is not just how our industry can defend against the growing number of cyberthreats, but also how we solve for the looming talent crisis plaguing our industry.

Our industry faces 2 million openings by 2019 and in the U.S. alone, more than 40,000 cybersecurity roles simply go unfilled every year. Combine this with McAfee’s latest Cyber Security Talent study which reveals 78 percent of cybersecurity professionals believe a cyber skills shortage exists, but 63 percent of those same professionals cannot identify what skills are actually missing, we see not only a gap for talent, but also for consensus on the ideal skillset.

We also know many organizations place a huge demand on cybersecurity professionals with two to three years of experience at a minimum. So how do we close the skills gap, keep pace and identify the specific skills that are missing?

We must innovate.

An Investment in Experience

At the pace of change within cybersecurity, we recognize the need to be more innovative in how we’re creating business-ready cybersecurity professionals. And it’s one reason I was intrigued to hear Australia’s Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence, Gai Brodtmann, talk about compressed, two-year cybersecurity degrees. It’s in this spirit of creating world-class, experienced, cybersecurity professionals (needed yesterday!) that I had the privilege to announce this week that McAfee will pledge $AUD1 million in cyber education, over three years, to Australian senior high school and tertiary students and graduates.

We know we need to arm current graduates with real-world, practical experience to move them from students to professionals sooner. Our industry demands it. We need to get creative. We need to innovate.

Starting in January 2019, McAfee will open seats to 500-600 high school students (from Years 11-12), TAFE and university students, as well as recent graduates for our existing annual training program for industry professionals. Sessions cover a range of topics from SecOps and instant response forensics to malware analysis.

This unique combination of formal education and hands-on, real-world experience helps students become knowledgeable cybersecurity professionals at a faster rate, making them attractive to employers when they enter the job market.

Doing more to drive exposure and arm future cybersecurity professionals is something I’m incredibly passionate about – not just as McAfee’s SVP and CHRO, but as a mother trying to guide my five children through their education and career choices too.

That’s why my ask to participants in McAfee’s training program is to pay it forward. We won’t close our skills gap overnight, but by working together to collectively promote and advocate for a career in cybersecurity, the closer we will get. So, for cybersecurity graduates, while you’re starting out on your career path, don’t forget ways in which you can inspire the next generation. Be a mentor, volunteer to teach cyber, talk to your nieces and nephews about cybersecurity. Be loud about cybersecurity and take every opportunity to talk about the world of cyber!

For me, I’m looking forward to continuing the discussion on solutions to solve the cyber skills shortage and how to drive innovation with diversity and inclusion at EMEA’s MPOWER on November 28 – November 29.

Are you looking for a meaningful career at an innovative company? I hope you consider McAfee – we need you! Browse jobs today.

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5 Simple But Powerful Career Tips https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/5-simple-but-powerful-career-tips/ https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/5-simple-but-powerful-career-tips/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:00:22 +0000 https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/?p=91632

Getting ahead in your career doesn’t happen by accident. It requires planning and constant pursuit. That’s why working for a company that invests in you, truly wants you to succeed and enables you to grow personally and professionally makes a big difference in your career progression. This week McAfee hosted our first-ever CMO Development Forum […]

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Getting ahead in your career doesn’t happen by accident. It requires planning and constant pursuit. That’s why working for a company that invests in you, truly wants you to succeed and enables you to grow personally and professionally makes a big difference in your career progression.

This week McAfee hosted our first-ever CMO Development Forum where our marketing and communications teams heard from leaders across the business, followed by breakout sessions for their own learning and development. As McAfee’s SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, I was honored to speak to the team about my career journey and share lessons I learned along the way.

Whether you are just out the gate, or more experienced in your career, I hope my top five tips are helpful in your own career journey. Here’s what I shared:

1) Stay Hungry.

Whatever field or role you want to be in, the key thing is to be the best you can be and commit to staying the best. Understand your role, your industry and if you don’t know something, use everything at your disposal to figure it out. And once you’re an expert in your field – make sure you’re an expert in the business.

2) Celebrate Each Other’s Success.

There is enough room for everyone. I truly believe that. Maybe you missed out on a promotion, or a colleague was recognized and rewarded instead of you. Begrudging someone else’s success won’t get you anywhere. Instead, celebrate the success of others. Let’s lift each other up! And then use it as an opportunity to reflect or ask your leader what more you could have done. Find out what your development areas are to get you to the next level. Map out your future career path and show your manager you want it!

 3) Work Hard. Work Smart.

There’s no way around it – you have to work hard. But what distinguishes someone as a productive high-performer is when that person is working hard on the right things. You’ll find the task or project that has the biggest impact for your career and business is the one that requires the most focus. Start your day with those big, difficult jobs until you reach your goals. Relentlessly prioritize.

 4) Own Your Brand.

When someone says your name, what do they think? What values do they associate with you? Do people perceive you as self-centered or self-aware? Do they see you as a know-it-all or a fountain of knowledge? Are you a leader who motivates people or just a manager who pushes people too hard? These traits are all similar, but how they are perceived by others makes a huge difference. Know the value you bring to the table. And in everything that you do, make your values shines through.

5) Take Pride in Everything You Do.

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music … Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” This is one of my favorite quotes. No matter how big or small, take care in your work. Your work, your actions, represent you, so make sure you’re proud of your work.

Looking to join a company that invests in you? McAfee is hiring!

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Maintaining a Culture of Security Requires Ongoing Attention https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/maintaining-a-culture-of-security-requires-ongoing-attention/ https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/maintaining-a-culture-of-security-requires-ongoing-attention/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 16:13:39 +0000 https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/?p=91187

Creating a culture that emphasizes a security-first mindset requires more than just updating the vision statement. HR professionals and people managers know very well that creating a sustainable organizational culture that makes any company vision a reality is a never-ending work in progress. Simply introducing the vision and values, and creating a sense of buy-in […]

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Creating a culture that emphasizes a security-first mindset requires more than just updating the vision statement. HR professionals and people managers know very well that creating a sustainable organizational culture that makes any company vision a reality is a never-ending work in progress.

Simply introducing the vision and values, and creating a sense of buy-in among all employees is one step. Infusing the values into different processes within the business to guide decision-making is another. But actually managing behavioral change so it lasts over time is not a single step or moment in time – it’s an ongoing effort.

Those familiar with change management frameworks understand the complexity involved in sustaining organizational change over time. When it comes building a successful cybersecurity culture, this doesn’t mean you need to map out an elaborate theory of change before you can make an impact. Implementing a couple key tactics with proven effectiveness can get you started quickly, and you can measure and adjust as you go to ensure continued progress.

Incentives and rewards

Truly embedding security into everything your company does requires overcoming challenges created by conflicts of interest. Employees are usually motivated to make decisions based on achieving targets, closing a deal, or meeting a deadline. But at times this could promote behavior in conflict with operating securely. When faced with a choice between the two, they are more likely to act in support of hitting the goals they’re measured against. The opportunity is to provide an alternate motivation for security-first behavior that modifies they choice they are more inclined to make. By incentivizing and rewarding employees for demonstrating secure behaviors, such as reporting a suspicious email to IT, the forces guiding decision-making can shift over time until they become habit.

Gamification

Use of gamification to improve cybersecurity performance is becoming more common as the benefits are better understood. But the power of this technique inside the workplace by HR teams has already extended beyond training users in problem solving, to a tool for engagement. Gamification uses elements of play and competition and applies them to real-world processes. Employing gaming programs that test employees on their knowledge of breach risks and cybersecurity best practices provides education and training with higher rates of engagement and effectiveness than traditional methods. Competition among teams and rewards for high performers also contribute to greater participation and longer-term impacts to behavior change.

Feedback loops

Everyone copes with change in different ways. In the early stages after introducing something new, it’s critical to provide opportunities for people to respond. Initial success in getting the changes to take hold depend on creating space for staff to react and opening channels for them to share feedback. Knowing that employees will process what’s happening at different rates and have a variety of comfort levels in coming forward with their reaction, build multiple communication conduits. This could include quarterly town-hall style forums with leadership, an annual employee survey, weekly sign-ups for one-on-one meetings, ongoing anonymous comment submissions, or regular online group chat sessions.

Building a culture of security isn’t a one-time event. It requires ongoing dedication and continuous improvement. But don’t be daunted by the never-ending nature of change management. Start with small steps you can implement quickly, expanding over time as you test and learn what works best with your teams. Sustaining an organizational culture that will last is a matter of continuing to put in the work over time and finding ways to keep it fun.

Tactics for Managing Behavioral Change that will Last

Once you’ve introduced the values and vision for your culture of security, it’s critical to continue putting in the work to maintain it. This requires a long-term commitment and ongoing effort. Start with these three strategies to help manage behavioral change over time.

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Enlist Employees in Building a Culture of Security from Day One https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/enlist-employees-in-building-a-culture-of-security-from-day-one/ https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/enlist-employees-in-building-a-culture-of-security-from-day-one/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 16:05:20 +0000 https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/?p=91181

Fast-growing companies know firsthand how challenging recruitment can be. HR teams are intensely focused on how they can attract and secure top talent in a highly competitive environment. As you race to get ahead in the hiring game, it’s important not to overlook the critical steps needed to maintain the company culture you’ve worked so […]

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Fast-growing companies know firsthand how challenging recruitment can be. HR teams are intensely focused on how they can attract and secure top talent in a highly competitive environment. As you race to get ahead in the hiring game, it’s important not to overlook the critical steps needed to maintain the company culture you’ve worked so hard to create. If you’re committed to a culture of security to address the increasing cyber threats we all face, don’t forget to bring that into your recruitment efforts.

Building a culture of security in your organization begins as early as recruitment. Embedding security-first thinking into your hiring process demonstrates the priority it has to potential employees. Waiting to bring this value to light until after the hire is complete misses an opportunity to establish a strong foundation from the beginning. Begin with a review of your candidate engagement process, identifying stages that could incorporate elements of your security culture and creating structures to make that part of the standard going forward.

As you evaluate areas of the process for improvement, consider these factors as effective starting points.

Articulate the vision

During the interview process, most companies today include a focus on culture fit. This is a natural time to share how security is embedded in the vision and values of the organization. Providing details on how security-first thinking is actually implemented in daily tasks shows the importance given to cybersecurity at the highest level. Additionally, it’s an opportunity to test for alignment of values by asking questions around how the candidate manages certain scenarios, such as their password hygiene practices or typical habits with public Wi-Fi usage. Relating to this common value from the beginning leads to greater success for sustaining it over the long run.

Rethink the resume

Finding top talent that is also a strong culture fit may mean thinking differently. You might bring some of your best staff on board by not limiting your options to those with a traditional background. A McAfee report on Hacking the Skills Shortage indicated that only 23% of cybersecurity professionals believe an IT degree adequately prepares students for a role in the industry.

No matter what your industry, look into alternate measures of experience and aptitude for different roles to expand your candidate pool.If you are in cybersecurity, consider identifying your next superstar based on their skill as a gamer. Looking at current cybersecurity employees, nearly half are estimated to be frequent or experienced video gamers, which tends to indicate that they will have top skills such as:

  • Logic
  • Perseverance
  • An understanding of how to approach adversaries
  • A fresh outlook compared to traditional hires

Plan for a distributed workforce

The workplace has changed over the years, with more companies moving to accommodate distributed workforces. A Gallup survey in 2017 showed 43% of employed Americans have spent some time working remotely. While this is a boon for workers, it’s a potential headache for IT teams conscious of the vulnerabilities this could open to cyberattacks. Getting ahead of this should happen during the onboarding process. While IT will manage security measures for systems and equipment used remotely, HR can be a good partner by providing training to support their efforts. Standardize onboarding procedures to account for the need to educate new staff on the risks of data theft and fraud and arm them with approved practices for protection.

Applying security-first thinking before your new hire even starts will help build an organizational culture of security from the ground up.

Steps for Building a Culture of Security Through Recruiting and Hiring

Security-first thinking isn’t just for IT teams. HR has a responsibility to establish and maintain a corporate culture of security with all employees. By implementing a few key changes in the recruitment and hiring process, long-term impact can begin on day one.

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Check for the Security-First Mindset Across All Teams https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/check-for-the-security-first-mindset-across-all-teams/ https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/check-for-the-security-first-mindset-across-all-teams/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 16:00:23 +0000 https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/?p=91151

We know we need to encourage our teams to think security-first across every department. But what does this really mean in a practical application? For security companies, it might be less of a leap to bring a security mindset to legal, procurement, or marketing teams. For organizations with their core business in another industry, it […]

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We know we need to encourage our teams to think security-first across every department. But what does this really mean in a practical application? For security companies, it might be less of a leap to bring a security mindset to legal, procurement, or marketing teams. For organizations with their core business in another industry, it might take a little more to translate this into actionable steps people can take.

IT is traditionally responsible for implementing security tools and processes, and HR and people teams are the primary leads for building company culture. However, leadership carries a heavy responsibility for setting the tone and priority around creating a culture of security across the entire organization. When it comes time to evaluate how each of your departments measure up to modeling a security-first mentality, it helps to think about these key questions to assess your progress.

Executives

  • Are you regularly reinforcing the company’s vision and values around security both internally and externally?
  • Do you model security-first behavior for all staff in how you use personal devices at work?

Human Resources

  • Do you communicate the company’s commitment to security to candidates during the interview process? To new hires during onboarding? To existing employees during review cycles?
  • Do you have clearly documented governance for handling sensitive employee data?

Sales & Marketing

  • Do you share the company’s security-first approach with prospects and customers throughout ordinary communications?
  • Do you understand the processes to keep data safe within your CRM, marketing automation platform, or other databases housing customer information?

Product

  • Is security included in your initial requirements set when developing or updating products?
  • Do you have clear procedures for testing security risks in the final stages of product development?

Embedding security as a way of life is not a one-time event. It requires ongoing education through a variety of channels. Setting the tone from executive leadership is key, but this must be reinforced by direct management and across peer groups. Through this, employees will begin to have a clear picture of the type of actions aligned with a culture of security. It’s important to clearly communicate the risks of inaction as well, so staff feel the gravity of the part they play and can prioritize security over convenience.

Knowing what questions to ask your department leads will provide invaluable insight into how they can insert security-first thinking into their areas of responsibility in the business. When teams understand what’s expected of them and how they can prioritize security-centered behavior without it impeding their primary responsibilities, a culture of security is a natural outcome.

Questions to Help Evaluate Security-First Thinking Across Departments

Creating a culture of security means every person in each department plays a part. But do they know what their responsibility is in practical terms? Ask team leads these questions to help evaluate.

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Ready for a Love Affair with Your Job? https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/ready-love-affair-job/ https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/ready-love-affair-job/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:21:31 +0000 https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/?p=84451

Five Questions to Ask Yourself this Valentine’s Day This week, people around the world are exchanging cards, heart-shaped candy or flowers with loved ones to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This holiday centers on seeking happiness in relationships and finding love, but just as important, is how we find happiness in our careers and passion for the […]

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Five Questions to Ask Yourself this Valentine’s Day

This week, people around the world are exchanging cards, heart-shaped candy or flowers with loved ones to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This holiday centers on seeking happiness in relationships and finding love, but just as important, is how we find happiness in our careers and passion for the jobs we do every day.

Research tells us that when you’re love struck with your job, your brain performs better, you improve productivity by 12 percent and you live a longer, healthier life. So, this Valentine’s Day, ask yourself these five questions to check if you’re still getting butterflies when you think about your role, your career and the impact you’re making on the world around you:

Does this relationship fulfill you?

They may not happen every day. Or even every week. But after a project launch, a conversation with a team member or even when you finished a great piece of work your boss loved – do you have those moments of fulfillment and accomplishment? If you can’t recall your last moment, it might be time to think about how to reignite that spark.

At McAfee, rewards and recognition are simply part of who we are and our managers are trained in timely, relevant feedback to help our employees reach their full potential (so you have more of those “I’m killing it!” moments).

In addition, we find a strong sense of purpose serves as a powerful motivator. We’re in the business of keeping the world safe, so no matter what role you’re in, you don’t have to look far to see the impact you’re making. All employees also have the opportunity to contribute to our wider communities through programs like McAfee Explorers (a job-shadowing program designed to inspire the next generation of cybersecurity heroes), McAfee Online Safety Program for Kids (teaching children online safety) and our Global Community Service Day (an all employee volunteer day).

Do you share the same values?

Relationships with misalignment of the things that matters most, are doomed to end in heartbreak. By aligning your values with that of the company’s, you ensure you work both for and with others who share your values.

We’ve worked hard to create five meaningful values to live by. We put the customer at the core. We achieve excellence with speed and agility. We practice inclusive candor and transparency. We play to win or don’t play. We innovate without fear. These five values drive every business decision we make, determine our hiring practices and guide employees on how goals are achieved.

Can you be yourself?

It isn’t true love if you can’t share your true self. Expending energy hiding who you are distracts from what’s important both at home and at work.

We believe everyone has the right to bring their full authentic self to work. As part of our commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming culture, we invest in fueling diversity of thought and work hard to encourage and celebrate the things that make us different from one another. We know diversity not only makes us better, more understanding and empathetic colleagues, but it also effects the way we think and problem solve, helping to make us the best possible versions of ourselves. Check out how we’re celebrating Black History Month to learn more on how McAfee Communities, our employee-led resource groups, help us all gain a better understanding and appreciation for our differences.

Are you challenged to grow?

Before taking any relationship to the next level, it’s important to know you can grow together, not apart.

Because the learning never stops in an industry that relies on innovation and staying a step ahead of the bad guys, growing your career is built-in at McAfee. Having worked at McAfee for over 10 years and rising to CHRO in my time, I tell my team every day, the same opportunities exist for them too. You just need the passion and drive to get there. And of course whether it’s through career path planning or our tuition reimbursement program, McAfee offers employees everything you need to energize your career and help you reach your goals.

What about the little things?

It may have been love at first sight, but often it’s the little things that help keep the spark alive.

Our employees are at the heart of everything we do and so we work hard to make sure we listen to all those “little things” that truly add up to something amazing. Scooters in 10 offices worldwide? Sure! Or what about joining the 5 percent of companies that offer unlimited vacation in the U.S.? Done! How about a program that lets you bring your dog to work on a Friday: we’ve made it happen with McAfee’s Pups at Work program. Scroll through our Life At McAfee feed for some puppy love!

And on top of this, we offer fruit, spa water, donut Fridays (we can’t be good all the time!) and soda drinks all year round in a majority of our offices. Now, we’re not saying donuts equate to long-lasting love, but think about the small, extra steps your current employer goes to for you and if you get those warm happy feelings at not just the big things, but the little things too.

Are you ready to follow your heart this Valentine’s Day? Search our jobs to start your love affair with your job.

XOXO

This post was previously published on LinkedIn Pulse.

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McAfee Relaunches Award-Winning Online Safety Program for Kids https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/mcafee-relaunches-award-winning-online-safety-program-kids/ https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/other-blogs/executive-perspectives/mcafee-relaunches-award-winning-online-safety-program-kids/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:58:26 +0000 https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/?p=84290 With an updated curriculum and new cybersecurity career module, McAfee’s Online Safety Program for Kids is set to reach new heights Online safety is an area that now touches nearly everyone – from corporate CEOs and governments to grandparents and children. It’s also why nearly 130 countries come together on Safer Internet Day to raise […]

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With an updated curriculum and new cybersecurity career module, McAfee’s Online Safety Program for Kids is set to reach new heights

Online safety is an area that now touches nearly everyone – from corporate CEOs and governments to grandparents and children. It’s also why nearly 130 countries come together on Safer Internet Day to raise awareness for and work together to create a safer digital world for all.

This movement, which McAfee proudly serves as an official sponsor of, reminds us that we each share a responsibility to build a better internet, a responsibility which McAfee takes very seriously. Which is why, as part of Safer Internet Day activities this week, we’re announcing the global relaunch of McAfee’s award-winning Online Safety Program for Kids.

This program has long been at the heart of who we are at McAfee. Every year hundreds of McAfee employees donate their time and skills to teach online safety to teachers, parents and children in our communities. And along the way we’ve forged important strategic relationships to scale our reach even further. Take our Bletchley Park partnership in England, where our dedicated Cybersecurity Exhibition Zone was opened by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, back in 2014. This week alone, the site has seen more than 200 students take part in cybersecurity education sessions run by McAfee employees as part of Safer Internet Day.

So how do we improve on Royalty as part of our relaunch you may be asking? The new program includes an expanded curriculum designed by our team of engineers, data scientists, threat researchers and more to cover the latest in emerging threats including social media privacy, cyber ethics, geotargeting and phishing, to name a few.

And in the midst of a global cybersecurity talent shortage (an estimated deficit of two million professionals by 2019), it’s more urgent than ever to inspire the next generation of cybersecurity heroes. So now, our Online Safety Program for Kids includes an education-based module with a greater emphasis on exposure and role modeling. This empowers both young girls and boys to ask questions and learn about a career in data science, threat research or engineering, from our real-world experts who only too familiar with not just the career paths, but the rewards associated with working in cybersecurity.

I’m also pleased to say, that driven by employee demand, McAfee’s annual Global Community Service Day, will place cybersecurity education for children front and center with our more than 7,000 employees worldwide encouraged to share their skills and knowledge within their local communities.

Thank you to McAfee’s employees worldwide who volunteer their time to grow McAfee’s Online Safety Program for Kids and invest in our youth globally. And just looking at our program numbers you can see why I’m in awe and inspired by this amazing team who work hard every day to deliver on our pledge to keep the world safe.

Interested in making a positive difference not only for customers and partners, but for the communities in which we live? Then, join us. Search our jobs. Together, we can make the world a safer place.

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