We are approaching a significant turning point in the woman’s traditional workplace experience. Last year’s Fortune 500 list included a record number of women CEOs, with over a 50 percent increase from the previous year.
Change for Women in the Workplace
While progress has been made, there is still work to be done. Here are three major changes for companies to work toward this year for women in the workplace:
1. Hearing Women’s Voices
In light of the #MeToo movement, there has been a heightened focus on inappropriate workplace behavior. As great as it is that people are finally truly listening to women’s stories about harassment in the office, the conversation doesn’t have to stop there. All employees, regardless of gender, should have the agency to voice their opinions and share their ideas in any situation, from email chains to client presentations, from office decor to policy changes. This can be the year to encourage women that their voices are heard and valued across all channels of collaboration.
2. Increasing Learning and Mentoring Opportunities
Women will thrive in environments that create safe spaces for them to learn and grow in their profession. This sends a message to women in the workplace that they are not vulnerable or weak for not knowing something. Rather, they are valued for always working to be a better version of yesterday’s employee. Companies can also empower young, entry-level employees with the skills and experiences to exceed goals, both companywide and personal. Leadership that recognizes this can foster the kind of company in which women are proud to work.
While male allies are certainly important figures in the workplace, women can be powerful mentors for each other. Unhealthy workplaces may inadvertently pit women against each other, making them feel like helping another employee can jeopardize their own position. Organized mentorship programs can help build these connections, giving them the opportunity to help each other succeed.
3. Promoting Genuine Efforts for Gender Equality
Women have been calling for equality in the workplace for years, and it’s time for companies to react. It’s important to introduce more transparency, especially in terms of salary and bonuses. This will open up real opportunities to guarantee equal pay.
This issue of equality also dips into the need for more diversity. Especially in creative and digital environments, varied perspectives and backgrounds are necessary for creating content with groundbreaking concepts and inclusive messaging. This goes beyond simply hiring more women and people of color. For companies to make a real impact, it’s important to increase gender and racial diversity in leadership positions, as well. Further, efforts for inclusion and unity in the workplace, despite who holds each position, will create a comfortable and inspirational working environment.
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Here’s to celebrating and supporting women in the workplace! If you’re looking to hire strong, creative women to lead your company to success, the creative staffing specialists at Profiles can help match you with top talent. And if you’re looking for a position, we can help you find the company where you will thrive.