We’ve been wondering about this for some time and came across a recent article by Jane Merriman of Reuters Life who had interviewed, Elisabeth Kelan, a lecturer in Work and Organisations in the Department of Management at King’s College in London.
As many of the women in the world of work that we interact with often complain that their workplace diversity initiatives under perform and do not accomplish the desired results. That senior woman rarely participate and younger women do not jump at the chance to join.
So, what does this mean?
The new fact is that women in the world of work aren’t as rare as they used to be. There are plenty of women bosses; In fact a recent study by Marcus Buckingham in’ Find Your Strongest Life’ noted that there are more women and supervisory roles (37%) then men (31%).
And even more..
Companies view diversity initiatives as important and worthy of the time and dollars invested. Programs that encourage workplace flexibility for primary caretakers such as women in the world of work are more common which can include parental leave, workplace flexibility, women’s networks and other events and resources.
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However, according to Merriman, this availability of programs and the appearance of more women in supervisory positions may give rise to the false impression that diversity problems have been resolved in organizations. It makes subtle problems and discrimination hard to see to the casual observer.
Yet problems remain for females in the workplace. We saw this first hand during a programme for a Fortune 50 company for younger high-potential women. The concern was that these future leaders were viewed as lacking the required ‘executive presence’ to compete for higher positions amongst men. This severely impacted their chances for success. Many had become discouraged and were at risk to let the organization.
Companies have made big efforts to counter gender bias, appointing diversity officers and running diversity programs that have raised the visibility of gender equality and diversity. But women in the world of work are always in the minority in top management jobs and many find it tough to stick with a top-flight career when they have children.
Merrimen continues with the idea that the majority of our current systems and practices were designed by and for men over the past 60 years. It’s when men were the main breadwinners and there were few females in the workplace. The truth is that diversity isn’t a problem that women need to fix; it’s a business problem that needs to be solved by everyone.
So no, we don’t believe that gender issues haven’t been solved. It’s just more subtle and not as obvious because there are more women in leadership roles than ever before. But there are always very few of them at the top. Much more must be done to support women in the workplace.
In tough economic times, diversity programs that fail to generate improvements or interest from senior leaders may find their budgets and management support/interest cut.