Women offer a unique perspective to the business world, but simply getting women into the workplace isn’t enough on its own. To reap the benefits of gender diversity, you need to empower female employees to reach their potential and give them equal opportunities to get there.
Fortunately, many companies already have policies in place to encourage and empower women to find workplace success - but there’s still a long way to go. Here are some steps you can take to move towards a more empowered female workforce.
- Work to Improve Gender Diversity
- Diversify Leadership
- Amplify the Female Voice
- Provide Ample Training Opportunities
Work to Improve Gender Diversity
It can be challenging to bring about wide-scale change, but you can start by looking at how you’re currently operating in terms of gender diversity.
You might already have an idea of improvements you could make, but start by asking for suggestions from others and then really listen to what they have to say. From the information collected, propose business goals for improving gender diversity in your organisation.
Make sure the rest of the company is aware of your new initiatives, from entry-level colleagues to decision-makers. Today, it shows 87% of companies are highly devoted to gender diversity, compared to 56% when McKinsey & Company first conducted a similar study on the state of women at work in 2012.
The culture of the workplace is equally important to revisit. All employees should feel respected and that they have an equal opportunity to grow and advance. Is that the case at the moment?
Companies need to make sure they have the right processes in place to prevent bias from creeping into hiring and reviews. Done right, a more diverse workforce will naturally lead to a more inclusive culture. When a company’s culture feels inclusive, women and underrepresented groups are more likely to thrive.
Are there women in the conference room and C-suites? The McKinsey 2019 Women in the Workplace survey found that while more women are rising to the top levels of companies, they’re still underrepresented at every level. By promoting women at the same rate as men, you demonstrate to not only them but also the rest of the company that their skills are a valuable asset.
We know women are more likely to experience discrimination. The study shows the odds are higher still when women find themselves alone in a team of men. It’s important to foster a balanced environment and diversity is something we have to celebrate and integrate consistently.
Have active, ongoing conversations about advancement opportunities and set career goals regularly. Encouraging women to pursue opportunities at every level will open up your talent pipeline.
Amplify the Female Voice
Many companies need to do more to treat gender diversity like the business priority it is. If a female has a great idea, make sure she gets the recognition instead of allowing someone else to take the credit.
Another great way to augment the female voice is by providing public speaking opportunities for female employees both internally and externally. There are also relevant courses that focus on giving women the tools and confidence they need to succeed. Ensure that all employees can attend - not just women.
Give females in your workplace a voice and make sure it’s heard. The good news is when women do speak up, people notice and it’s rewarded. Women who are mentored and championed quickly grow into a leadership role. As a result, you can expect stronger revenue growth and higher profit margins.
Provide Ample Training Opportunities
A diverse working environment is advantageous. Women should be provided with the resources to improve their skills, as should every employee.
There’s certainly more work to be done, but it’s up to you to do your part whether you’re in an entry-level position or CEO status. Help even the playing field so women feel heard, valued, supported and empowered. You can lead your female colleagues and employees to achieve great things in their work and for themselves as well.
Look into better training on topics such as implicit bias, inclusion and diversity and it will continue to bring issues women face to light so you can keep evolving training and policies. A training course created with women empowerment at its core is a great place to start, helping females in the workplace to maximise their presence and create a positive attitude towards change.
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