It's easy to assume that the business case for gender parity has been won. Studies show the benefits of greater gender equality in the workplace and of introducing more women to leadership roles. Are we really progressing toward a more equal and diverse workplace? Read on to discover what we can do to achieve a fairer, more inclusive workplace.
Hawaii, New York and Illinois claimed the top three spots in a ranking of women's equality by WalletHub, while South Carolina, Idaho and Utah were at the bottom. The ranking included factors such as the wage gap. Making institutional changes could help close the gender pay gap, said Daniel Aldrich of Northeastern University. "The first solution would be to change the norms in the workplace so that managers and women workers see women as deserving of equal pay," Aldrich said, adding that firms should track the gender pay gap and work to correct it.
Leaders who declare everything to be a crisis are training others to tune them out, writes Mike Figliuolo. Try to be more measured and to only sound the alarm when it's really necessary. "If you are sparing with your cries for help, when you really need help, they'll tend to listen more," Figliuolo writes.
Data suggest pet-friendly workplaces are beneficial for employees, and legal experts say there is nothing wrong with having pets at work, provided the environment is safe and healthy for the entire staff. Business attorney Deanne Katz recommends companies create a written policy on pets in the workplace that considers issues such as allergies, clean-up and animal behavior.
Employees' lifestyle choices are responsible for three-fourths of employers' health care costs and productivity losses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Workforce wellness programs can help trim costs, but you need to know the laws that govern them and be sure your company's plan works within them, lawyers say.