There are several reasons to invest in a female workforce beyond the quest for equality in the workplace. For example, The Harvard Business Review published a 2016 study and their findings indicate that businesses that invest in female leadership are more likely to be profitable. So, with equality and profitability in mind, the onsite and offsite file management experts from The Document Warehouse have got a few ideas to help businesses become better for their female staff members.
This may seem obvious. But equal pay for equal work is still not the standard with most organisations. In the US, every woman makes 79c to each man’s dollar. Your company could lead the way by establishing equal payment protocols in your business. It will go a long way to help women achieve financial equality and independence.
Understand Moms Have It Tough
Most women choose to become mothers but it can be one of the most stressful decisions they can make. A recent study proves that working mothers are 40% more chronically stressed than female counterparts who also worked full-time but had no children. The study suggested that instituting flexible working hours for mothers does wonders to alleviate their stress and increase their productivity. Something to consider at your next HR meeting.
Women face more negative stereotypes than men. In fact, CNBC revealed that when compared to their male counterparts, women were offered 50% less in business funding, and INC. states that only 30% of women who apply for a bank loan are approved. Why? Because women are usually stereotyped to be less business-savvy than men.
Turn the tide against negative stereotyping by assessing each of your staff members on a case-by-case, individual basis. And, always ask yourself, would I have responded that way if it were a man? If the answer is no, it’s time to check your own bias.
Create Safe Spaces
A hostile workplace that ignores blatant sexual harassment is the first signal that women aren’t valued at your organisation. So, as much as it’s already mandated as part of HR practices, it is worthwhile to create additional safety and reporting protocols that can help women escalate their problems if they are being victimised at work. It takes a very brave person to come forward with complaints of abuse and all cases should be treated with utter respect and consideration for all parties involved.
As the old saying goes…”Here is to strong women. May we know them. May we be them, May we raise them.”