Gender equality at workplaces is no more an idea. It is a way of business that more and more companies are accepting now
Gender equality at workplaces is no more an idea. It is a way of business that more and more companies are accepting now. One thing that has significantly changed about this issue is the stakeholders´ – regulators, corporates, investors – approach to it. Beside moral and social issue, gender equality is now an economic issue.
Organizations recognize the benefits of gender equality at work in economic terms. McKinsey Global Institute in its research estimates that “If women participate in the economy identically to men, and find that it would add up to $28 trillion or 26% to annual global GDP by 2025 compared with a business-as-usual scenario.”
Companies are becoming progressive in dealing with the gender equality issue. While bigger changes will take a while to become reality, smaller steps at the company level make a huge difference too.
Hadron identifies a few steps below to start promoting gender equality:
Companies should get creative with their job descriptions. It should not sound like it is meant only for the male candidates. The job descriptions must reflect upon the flexible working hours or equal employment opportunity.
The job candidates should face the same set of questions and go through the same interview process. For examples, the working hour question should not be asked only to the female candidates.
Gender pay gap
Most of the company webpages mention that they are equal-opportunity employers. Stating the same about equal pay would help the company to establish its brand for gender equality. Companies can also review employees’ salaries data annually to see pay disparity if any.
Flexible working hours and remote working
Most of the female employees opt for fewer working days or leave their jobs because they need to balance home-office commitments. Companies need to go flexible with their working hours and the work locations to ensure that they do not lose some of the best brains.
Companies can play important role in helping working mothers to focus on work by arranging child care within or near the office. It would save them time, energy, and reduce the stress about their children.
Hadron supports gender equality. About 50% of our employees are female, and we are extremely proud of being a gender equality employer.
Senior Business Development Manager & Digital Marketing Specialist
“It is great to work for a company that fully supports gender equality. I am a mother of two small children, and I am able to work full time at Hadron. Thanks to the company policy on flexible working hours and emphasis on work-life balance.”
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