Everyone talks about gender equality at the workplace, but hardly anyone actually makes it happen! Here are some great ways to help you promote equal rights regardless of gender at your organization.
- Acknowledge the difference and reward the uniqueness
Men and women work in different ways! Promoting gender equality does not mean taking a blind eye to their differences and expecting the same as we expect from men. Give women the freedom to perform in their own way and let them add their exceptional value to the company. It is important to let women feel that they don’t need to compete with men. This notion itself helps motivate women at workplace. It is also important to acknowledge and reward them for their unique leadership qualities and management skills.
- Analyze the present situation in your organization
It is important to identify the areas where you can promote gender equality at the workplace. To understand this you must have an idea of the male-female ratio at your organization. Identify the posts taken mostly by women, and those where women lack behind. This can help you encourage them to take a leap or apply for roles which they are most interested into. It is also necessary to note the difference in salaries of men and women at the same position, and identify if the difference is justified or not.
- Implement some basic strategies to reach female equality
Simple steps such as screening resumes on the basis of education, experience and skills can help you stay unbiased while selecting candidates for a particular job. Secondly, offering standard salaries, as equivalent to that of men in your organization, would help women rise higher, especially if they were being paid low at their previous organization. Rewarding outcomes instead of hours worked not only help women stay motivated and achieve appreciation for their work, but also help in the overall productivity of the employees.
- Encourage women to grab opportunities
Women often leave good opportunities thinking they are under-qualified. It is important to encourage them to go after what they want. One great way to do this is to encourage them to switch their profiles within the organization. This will ensure that they get the opportunity to broaden their horizons, learn new skills, and get excited about taking projects they love. Support from employers can help build their confidence.
- Set an unbiased criteria for promotions
Another area to pay attention to is to the criteria of promoting employees. It has been observed that women are usually neglected at the time of promotions, usually only because they are ‘women’ and supposedly lack leadership skills which men are naturally born with. It is important to know that this is not really true, and women around the world are leading men in big organizations as CEO’s, Leaders, Speakers, Advocates, and Managers.
- Commit to simple objectives that promote gender equality
One of the foremost things to consider is the ‘equal pay for equal work’ technique to encourage women to be productive and at the same time ensuring that they are treated with equality. Organizations must also consider childcare options and flexible timing for women, to ensure they feel satisfied and safe at the company. Another way to encourage safety and stop molestation at workplace is to encourage them to speak up against any irrational behavior.
Besides all this, if your women are lacking behind in skills, you can help them get trained through specific programme, which should available to by the organization itself. These few things would surely help achieve as well as promote gender equality at workplace.