Benefits of Gender Equality in the Workplace
In honor of Women’s Equality Day, we wanted to shed a light on the importance of gender equality in the workplace. Contrary to what you may believe, leveling the playing field for women is beneficial for businesses in general, not just for women. Here are a few benefits:
Larger range of perspectives
When you work to increase equality in your workplace, you inevitably also increase diversity and have a wider range of perspectives involved in business decisions. Diversity is known to help increase creativity, but it’s also helpful for connecting to your customer base. You most likely have both men and women as customers, so hiring women will help you get a better understanding of some of your customer base.
In general, men and women have different communication styles. According to this article from NAWBO, “Men are typically better at communicating issues and tackling confrontation, whereas women are more culturally influenced to work as peacemakers and try to solve an issue internally first. Both means of communication and conflict resolution are essential, and one would not work without the other.”
Larger pool of job candidates
If you don’t encourage gender diversity at your business, you’re significantly decreasing your hiring options, meaning you may not make the best hires possible. When you encourage women to apply, you’re less likely to miss out on valuable, talented candidates who will benefit your business.
Strengthen brand reputation
Diversity is a hot topic, and people are increasingly demanding equality from brands. If you don’t work toward gender equality, you run the risk of damaging backlash against your business.
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