4 Powerful ways to achieve gender equality in the workplace!
Gender equality in the workplace can be achieved when both male and female employees have the same access, reward systems and resources available to perform their daily duties.
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa encourages the state to reach gender equality. The Constitution wishes to create society that is based on democracy and equality throughout work places and our day to day citizen lives.
Companies can only benefit when hiring both men and women, it was established that companies with the most diversity in gender reaches their profit targets faster than those who don’t.
A focus point for gender equality in the workplace is to accomplish equal outcomes for women and men. These outcomes are not necessarily the same for both genders.
To achieve gender equality, employers can do the following:
1. Re-evaluate job specifications.
Consider including experience specifications that broadens the pool of applications but still relevant to the position advertised.
2. Avoid or remove the gender pay gap.
Each position should have a pay bracket that outlines the salary for that role regardless the gender.
3. Eliminate discrimination against gender leave requests.
Family and other caring responsibilities differ between men and women. Working mothers will need time off and fathers are entitled to their parental leave.
4. Evaluations and Increases should be fair
Employee evaluations and increases should be judged on work performance and not on personalities, appearance or gender.
Gender equality in the work place is important, not only because it is ‘fair’ but because it contributes to South Africa’s economic performance.
Gender equality leads to organisational performance and attracts talent and retains employees.
What’s the latest data on gender equality?
Employment shares by occupation and gender.