Is Your Workplace Gender Neutral?

If women are underrepresented at a senior level in your organisation maybe it’s time to ask the following questions:

At what grade or level do women stop applying for/being promoted to senior jobs?

Has an analysis been made of the reasons why?

Is there a clear, non gender specific, ideal leadership profile for the organisation?

Is there succession planning with a pool of both gender high potential employees?

Is the progress of women monitored and questions asked of managers when there is a discrepancy in numbers of female employees and numbers of female managers? And vice versa, of course.

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Recommended reading, available from Amazon or your local library:
Women Mean Business  Wittenburg-Cox & Maitland.
Women, Men & Language  J. Coates.

Plus, the original article from the newsletter can be seen by clicking here


Posted on June 22nd, 2009 by

5 Responses to “Is Your Workplace Gender Neutral?”

  1. Sarah Arrow says:

    Hi Jane
    Being a woman in the workplace, how is it to ask these questions?

    (Now who is asking the the ‘tough’ questions lol)

    Sometimes, it’s easier to move jobs that to ask the questions and I think that’s a shame as we obviously have to start again when we do.

  2. Sarah Arrow says:

    oops, that should be “how easy is it to ask these questions”

  3. Jane says:

    Sarah, thanks for your comments. What a sad indictment on equal opportunities if women actually have to leave their jobs!

  4. Wendy Jacob says:

    My employer is (thankfully) very gender neutral, despite being in the construction industry, but there are many other companies out there who are not. I once had an excellent senior candidate who was female. If I had sent her CV out with a male name on it I swear she would have been snapped up in seconds, but as it was it was very difficult to find her something and ultimately she picked up a position elsewhere. I personally found that exceedingly frustrating and it must have been ten times worse for her! Construction is such a male-dominated industry and it’s up to women to change that, but unfortunately there don’t seem to be too many of us up for the challenge!

  5. Jane says:

    Thanks Wendy. By saying it’s up to women to change it I guess you mean by more women going into construction? My view is that women might if the world of work had been ‘built’ with both genders in mind.

    Construction is a very male macho industry so not attractive to the majority of women, which is a shame as they would bring masses of skills to it! There is more on this in my latest newsletter article. I’ll add a link to it in the main body of the post. Thank you for your interesting comments! And more power to your elbow! Jane

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