Biggest work challenges for women in the workplace

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“It’s important for women to work. They need to keep their independence, to keep earning and being challenged” — Tamara Mellon

Needless to say, financially independent women are more confident as they don’t have to rely on others for their needs. But, a woman has to face a number of challenges when it comes to stepping out and working in this male-dominated society. She feels demoralized because of hindrances created in her career path.

According to a study by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co., there are 15% fewer chances of women to get promoted than their men counterparts. The research also found women to aim less for top management positions than men. The same study found women more likely to say that their career is affected due to their gender.

Merely talking about women empowerment won’t work. It’s needed to take some solid steps to give women equal opportunities at work. In this post, I am going to put forward 3 issues to be resolved for engaging more women employees in an organization -

Sexual abuse

As per The American Association of University Women, sexual harassment at workplace means “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature”. According to a survey carried out by Cosmopolitan, one in three females (aged between 18–34) have faced sexual harassment at work.

Being an employer, it’s your responsibility to make sure none of your women employees come across such a situation. You must make a sexual harassment policy to let everyone in your organization know anything like that is intolerant. Include the definition of sexual harassment in your policy and mention complete investigation and strict actions against such type of behavior. Take every complaint seriously so that your employees get to know about the intolerance in the matter.

Struggle for equal pay

It has been found in a study by the business advice group Korn Ferry Hay that men are paid much higher than their women counterparts. Ben Frost, a pay data specialist at Korn Ferry Hay said, “This shows that organisations still aren’t dealing with the real issue here — which is that we need more women working in higher paying jobs and industries and at the most senior levels”.

Now the question is how to ensure equal pay for employees to stop gender discrimination here. First of all, you should see whether women are being paid as much as the men counterparts are. Accordingly come up with a well-defined pay structure showing equality for men and women, both. So, make equal pay an important part of your organizational policies.

Discrimination after pregnancy and maternity

According to a report commissioned by The Equality and Human Rights Commission (ECHR) with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 75% of pregnant women and new mothers face discrimination at work. Another report by Citizens Advice says the same. Gillian Guy, the chief executive of Citizens Advice said, “Pregnant women should be supported at work, not made to fear for their livelihood. It is concerning that more and more new and expectant mums are experiencing discrimination issues at work”.

Make certain to not take any action that can impact a pregnant or new mother’s career negatively. When it comes to supporting pregnancy and maternity your organization must have a proper policy. Also, let your employees know about their rights in both the cases.

Before concluding this article I will also tell you why you should go for more and more women employees. A research by independent research consultancy the Ponemon Institute says that women employees work harder than their male counterparts. Now you have got two reasons to hire more women employees. The first is women empowerment and the second one is that they work harder as the study found.

So, take every step to make women feel more empowered while working with your organization. This will be the women empowerment in true sense!

Originally published at LinkedIn.com

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Vartika Kashyap runs the marketing team at ProofHub — a project management software for teams of all sizes. She is a seasoned marketing professional who is an expert in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. She’s been featured among LinkedIn’s Top Voices for the year 2016 & 2017. Connect with Vartika on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.

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