I've blogged before about how firms should find a way to let employees be themselves at work. Although, as one kind reader pointed out, that doesn't further the inclusion agenda if being yourself means working in a way that excludes others! Fair point. I buy into this vision. After all, it's one I created, spearheaded and have very publicly sponsored both within my firm and externally. But recently I got to thinking. If I care about inclusion (and I do) and I am passionate about disruption (which I am) how come we aren't disrupting diversity?
Think about it. At the current rate of change it will take us about a century to have equal numbers of women leading Fortune 500 companies, according to Catalyst. According to the same company, women currently hold only 5% of Fortune 500 CEO positions, while the percentage of board seats held by women in both the United Kingdom and United States is 17%.
But of course this isn't just HR. This is everyone. Don't we all want to work for a firm that's more profitable? More effective? More creative? And yes, I am going to use the word, more diverse?
There’s no easy answer here. But I think we need to try a few more radical solutions or we will be in a very similar place to where we were twenty years ago in terms of the number of women in senior roles in the workplace. In some industries (like mine - technology) it could even get worse.
As I said, these are my suggestions. What other actions would help us disrupt the status quo and accelerate gender equality in senior roles?
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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