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Gender equality in the workplace

A reflection on Gender Equality in the lead up to International Women’s Day 2019

In this episode of the podcast I reflect on some of the issues facing women in the workplace including the challenges and statistics of the number of women who are leading the way in FTSE companies. 

In this episode I will cover:

  • Why inequality is part of our recent history and some of the issues women have overcome at work in only the last 100 years.
  • Recent statistics on the numbers of women leading FTSE 100 and FTSE 350 companies.
  • Some of the most shocking reasons why women are not making it onto the Boards of these ‘leading’ companies.
  • Why having a gender balance is actually good for business.
  • Some top tips on how you can start to address the imbalance in your business or organisation.
  • The Equality Act provisions on positive action and when it is permitted.

Action Points

  1. Track and measure so that you understand statistics on gender equality in your business or organisation.
  2. Tailor and target your recruitment marketing for women.
  3. Set up mentoring and ensure that the female leaders in your business or organisation are visible to others.
  4. Address and explore unconscious bias and preconceived ideas that may have developed at a senior level.
  5. Develop a strategy for what you want to achieve and get buy in to this at all levels.
  6. Ensure that all managers and senior staff have training in respect of equality and diversity.
  7. Look at the culture in your business and make changes where the culture does not reflect your strategy.
  8. Address complaints and issues quickly and take them seriously.
  9. Be proactive and build confidence of staff who have ambition or talent to be a future leader.
  10. Introduce a clear salary structure based on tangible measure.

We offer training on Equality and Diversity for staff and we can review your contracts, procedures and Handbooks for you so please do get in touch if we can be of any assistance.

Useful Links

Article written by Alison Colley ‘Gender Equality in the Workplace: Still and Issue?’ November 2018

Worst explanations for not appointing women to Boards

Equality Act Section 158 and 159

Please do leave any comments, ideas and best practice below. Please ensure that any comments are respectful to all views and opinions.

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