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Effective Ways HR Can Support Women in the Workplace

There are many ways that Human Resources can support women in the workplace. These include understanding and eliminating biases, ensuring women are applying for your roles, and educating your teams on gender equality. By taking these steps, HR can help create a more inclusive and equitable workplace for women.

 

This benefits the individual employees and the company as a whole. Here are three ways HR can help support women in the workplace.  

 

Understand and Eliminate Biases 

 

Gender bias represents the favoritism of one gender over the other. Although typically unconscious, it’s toxic and reduces an individual to stereotypes and inaccurate characteristics.1 When recruiting for new hires, encourage your company to use a resource management system that incorporates a blind candidate view so you're hiring managers can make their first cut without accessing identifying information. Also, opening the door for negotiating can level the playing field for women. It's more than likely that women are less likely to negotiate than men are, which creates unfair obstacles. Also, stray away from requiring candidates to provide salary history; it's likely that women are more likely to come into a role with lower compensation expectations than their male counterparts, which can subconsciously affect the entire hiring process. 

 

Ensure Women Are Applying for Your Roles 

 

Research shows that women feel they need to meet 100% of the criteria to apply for a job, while men usually apply after meeting about 60%. LinkedIn behavioral data backs this up — women tend to screen themselves out of the conversation and end up applying to 20% fewer jobs than men. It's essential to take a look at your employee's gender ratio. Does the gender ratio seem uneven? 

 

Educate Your People on Gender Equality  

 

As a society, we have come a long way in terms of gender equality in recent years. However, there is still much progress to be made, especially in the workplace. A lack of education has undoubtedly been one of the obstacles hindering positive change. One way to help close the gender gap is to educate your employees on the importance of gender equality by offering training or courses. When people are informed about the issue, they are more likely to see the value of equal opportunities for all. Additionally, education can help to dispel harmful stereotypes and misconceptions about gender roles in the workplace. Raising awareness about the issue can encourage a work environment supporting team equality. 

 

 

Source 1: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeshumanresourcescouncil/2022/03/08/how-to-support-women-in-the-workplace-and-be-an-ally/?sh=4172ca733710 

Source 2: https://www.linkedin.com/business/talent/blog/talent-acquisition/how-women-find-jobs-gender-report#:~:text=Research%20shows%20that%20in%20order,20%25%20fewer%20jobs%20than%20men. 

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