It may well be modern times, but gender inequality in the workplace still exists. Thankfully, it’s widely recognized by many organizations as an issue that must be tackled. But if gender equality is your goal then why not start by adapting your application process?
WHAT IS WORKPLACE GENDER EQUALITY?
Workplace gender equality is achieved when people are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources, and opportunities – regardless of gender.
We’re not the only ones talking about it, here are some great reads:
DO WE REALLY NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS AGAIN?
Women are still fighting for equality in the workplace, however for male employees, it’s a topic of confusion, resulting in many unspoken thoughts in their heads: why are we still addressing this topic? Aren’t we already equal? Why do women keep making a big deal about it?
But then, how come that there are more CEOs named John than there are female CEOs in total?
New York Times reported these findings: there are fewer large companies run by women than by men named John, a sure indicator that the glass ceiling remains firmly in place in corporate America. The stats were interesting, to say the least.
-4.1% All women A-Z
-Followed by Robert 3.9%
Don’t believe us, read the research here.
THE BENEFITS OF GENDER EQUALITY
Gender equality is crucial for workplaces, not only because it is ‘fair’ and ‘the right thing to do’, but because gender-diverse teams are in general more productive and profitable.
Other benefits of gender equality for businesses include:
-Improved public image and reputation
-Stronger employer brand
-A positive work environment and lower turnover rates
-Bigger talent pool due to a company’s enhanced ability to attract and retain employees
-Increased employee engagement and job performance
HOW CAN WE SUPPORT GENDER EQUALITY
For many organizations out there who want to be active in the progression of workplace equality, we know its sometimes hard to even find a starting place. That’s why we asked earlier, “Why not start with changing your job application process?”
We’re huge advocates of diversity in the hiring process, you may have already read our recent blog The stop and think statistics around diversity in hiring.
So how can you achieve gender equality through your application process?
#1 CONSIDER YOUR BIASES
Most employers understand the concept of unconscious bias, they just don’t believe it happens at their company. But, it can exist everywhere.
Blind CV screening is something here at Zocket we talk about a lot as a very specific way to reduce bias. Read more about removing all personally identifiable information from applicants here.
#2 USE HR TECH SOFTWARE
Zocket Powered practices technology to reduce bias in the hiring process, stimulating gender equality and a diverse workforce.
Using smart matching data combined with blind CV and application process allows your business to be a more gender-neutral workplace with an improved reputation.
#3 RETHINK YOUR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
When it comes to the candidate interviews, all candidates should be asked the same questions. So, that means not just women are asked about what hours they can work.
If possible, questions should be phrased the same way as well, as different wording can elicit different answers.
#4 MINIMIZE THE GENDER PAY GAP
If you’re serious about gender equality then men and women should be offered the same wages and we shouldn’t ask candidates what they were paid at their last job.
Instead, every position should have a pay range.
#5 GET AN ASSESSMENT
Hire a consultant who can help with your candidate experience and help identify areas that could promote gender equality. Our candidate experience assessment tells you what your candidates really think about their experience when applying to work for you, the effects on your business and how to improve it to strengthen your employer brand.
Most employers understand the concept of unconscious bias, they just don’t believe it happens at their company.
If today’s article has got you thinking about your workplace equality, then why not get in touch with the team here at Zocket and learn more about we can help improve your talent attraction and acquisition process?
We are passionate about helping you to make a difference.