Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day — a day that reminds us of the importance of gender equality in the workplace, and all the many achievements women have made throughout the world. This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias, in which a world free from bias, stereotypes, and discrimination and one that’s more diverse, equitable, and inclusive is possible.
So in honor of International Women’s Day 2022, here’s how you can celebrate the women in your workplace and strive for more equality overall.
How to Recognize Women’s Achievements in Your Workplace
Women-led creativity and leadership are two key areas of focus when recognizing and celebrating women’s achievements in business — not just on International Women’s Day but year-round.
Creativity. Women possess often-unsung creative skills and talents — whether they’re toiling in creative fields or exercising creative problem-solving, management practices, or other capabilities in a business setting. No matter what type of creative aptitude the women at your workplace exhibit, encouraging and empowering them to share their ideas and abilities helps overcome the self-criticism that sometimes holds women back, and further capitalizes on women’s knowledge and experience that has long benefited your organization — even if it wasn’t always understood or recognized.
Leadership. Women in leadership roles are critical to successful companies. And women leaders have continued to show their skill and resilience, especially during the pandemic these past couple of years. According to a recent study, women managers were more supportive of their teams during the pandemic by helping employees deal with work and life challenges, assigning more manageable workloads, and caring about their overall well-being. Also according to the study, women leaders are more likely to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives. And their leadership efforts help drive better outcomes for employees — which can overall improve happiness at work and reduce burnout and turnover.
How to Promote Gender Equality in the Workplace
As you consider all the many ways women add value and perspective to your organization, one way to honor them is to promote and implement more gender equality in your workplace. There are a number of steps you can take to do this:
Revisit your recruiting processes. Even if your organization has worked to address gender bias in recruiting and hiring, it can still exist in informal or unconscious ways. For example, it’s easy to assume that if a role has always attracted more male candidates, or always been filled by a male, then it’s easy for one to assume that a female candidate may not be as well-suited to the role. This makes including female candidates in your initial shortlist much less likely, and you could overlook a whole swathe of women qualified for the job. Be alert to all the ways in which informal recruiting processes can actually short-circuit your good-faith attempts at reducing gender bias.
Eliminate the gender pay gap. In 2021, women earned 82 cents for every dollar earned by men, when comparing the median salaries of all men and all women in the workforce. For men and women with the same job and qualifications, women earned two cents less. Though the gender pay gap is improving, you can help eliminate it entirely at your organization by increasing wage transparency across your workforce and proactively uncovering and addressing any pay gaps that may still be lurking.
Use skills-based assessments. Fairly and properly assessing skills and providing the right level of training is another way to improve workplace equality. Incorporating employee training software that automates candidate and employee skills assessments and provides coaching and training wherever it’s needed gives every employee invaluable support — regardless of gender. Women and all employees get the opportunity to accelerate their learning, acquire sought-after skills, and earn paths to advancement within your organization.
Promote more women into leadership roles. Across all industries, women hold only about 10% of top executive positions. Regardless of whether your industry is traditionally male-dominated or if it’s become much more inclusive lately, making a concerted effort to hire and promote qualified women into leadership roles can boost the overall trust within your organization, lead to higher levels of honesty and ethics, and help drive sustainable growth.
Organize a program for women's mentorship. Having a mentorship program especially geared toward women is a great way to empower and support them, not only because mentoring creates a more positive workplace culture but because it can also help mentees move up the pay scale. Consider starting or expanding a mentorship program in your organization that specifically encourages women to participate as both mentors and mentees.
HCM’s Role in Gender Equality
A human capital management (HCM) platform with a position management component plays an integral part in promoting gender equality by revealing important data about your organization’s workforce structure and demographics. Through real-time data collection and reporting, you can see how many women and men you have in your organization at any given time, which roles they occupy, and how many women you have in leadership positions, and make comparisons of male and female wages.
With visibility into historical and current data, you can see where more gender equality is needed now and in the future — both in recruiting and hiring practices and in correcting any potential pay disparities. And with a flexible org chart that allows you to quickly identify where changes need to be made — such as moving more women into leadership positions — you gain the clear understanding you need to implement those necessary changes more easily.
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