Creating an Inclusive Workplace
Women have made great strides in recent years to gain access to higher education, leadership positions, and careers outside of the home. In spite of this progress, women still face significant headwinds in the workplace. While it’s important to celebrate the women leaders who are helping drive progress, companies also need to ensure that all women are represented in all levels of leadership. Creating an inclusive workplace can help make that possible.
When it comes to the business world, there are two things that women have in common: ambition and hard work. Yet in many organizations, they’re not recognized for their contributions. It’s up to the leaders in a company to set an example of how to make their workplaces more equitable and inclusive.
One of the most obvious ways for companies to improve their diversity is by ensuring that they recruit more women in leadership roles. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of young women say that they want to see their companies prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) when hiring. They’re also looking for flexibility, as well as a commitment to well-being.
Women are becoming more and more important to the success of companies. In fact, the survey found that senior-level women are spending twice as much time on DEI work than men are. And they are also more likely to be advocates for employee well-being. This is because women are less likely to feel burned out, which means they’re less likely to consider leaving their jobs.
Another area where companies can boost their diversity is by improving their ability to attract women of color. Although they’ve gained ground, women of color still find themselves behind in representation at every level. The survey also found that women of color are less likely to have strong allies in their team. That’s particularly true in the senior ranks, where just one in 20 C-suite leaders is a woman of color.
What’s more, companies that have improved their gender diversity are finding that these changes pay off. The survey found that women who are happier at their job are less likely to think about leaving, and that those who do recommend the company to others are more likely to stay.
Women also demonstrate more leadership skills than men. A Pew Research Center survey compared men and women in three key areas: management chops, innovation, and compassion. Not only do women demonstrate more innovation, but they’re more likely to be empathetic leaders as well.
One of the biggest challenges that women face in the workplace is burnout. They’re more likely to experience belittling microaggressions, and more likely to be judged or overlooked for their skill set. These problems are a serious problem for both women and the companies they work for, so it’s imperative that companies take bold steps to address them.
Companies that are committed to diversity and inclusion are offering benefits to employees, such as emergency childcare and mental-health support, as well as flexible work hours and more specific training. As more companies adopt these practices, the number of women leaders in the workforce will grow.