Women are changing the dynamics of how traditional workplaces work globally. The pandemic resulted in millions of women leaving the labour market, furthering the void. Compared to their male associates, women earn an average of 32% less for the same work.
So, how can we support women who choose to work? Here are a few ways we can begin:
- Commit to Pay Equity.
The wage gap has been statistically proven for years. This statistic only becomes more brutal if we consider the difference faced by women of color who make approximately half of what white women do.
Race and gender should no longer be barriers for professionals in our diverse communities. Instead, enforce equal pay for men and women for the same work.
- Involve, Listen to and Empower Women
Increase the chances of hiring women by considering their personal and professional goals. However, even once hired, women tend to face isolation from male colleagues, especially if they are the only person of their gender present.
Provide equal opportunities to all employees, and ensure poor behaviour is acknowledged. Let women speak for themselves and involve their effort to your business’ advantage.
- Flexible Work and Parental Support
Social norms tend to force child care disproportionately on women, which is a significant reason why most women leave the workforce.
Every family has its demand of care required at home, whether they have children or not. Flexibility for all employees, regardless of gender, enables inclusivity in your work culture. This also helps employees feel heard and understood, consequently increasing work productivity!
- Acknowledge that Nonlinear Careers are the New Normal!
Lifetime employment at the same job is a concept that is going extinct. Some people have gaps in their employment that raise alarms when interviewed. Workplaces need to demonstrate that they do not overlook the skills and potential of an employee because of a gap due to whatsoever reason.
Despite the progress made over the last few years, inequality is prevalent. Let’s try to do our bit for more equality across all professions.