Implicit bias refers to stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious way.
The problem of equality for women in the workplace has been around for many years. One issue in making the change for the benefit of all is ingrained, patterned behavior that is predictable and hard to recognize let alone change.
Under systemic analysis of the problem we need to:
- Understand the problem and collect pertinent data.
- Examine the problem from all sides and then develop a plan of action.
- Implement the solution.
War on Talent
The focus on advancing women in the workplace has been important for many years and we have made great progress over the years, so why is it a burning platform now? In short, because at the current rates it will take another 100 years to reach desired levels and we don’t have that time. It comes down to demographics - as baby boomers exit the workplace, we are entering a war on talent at a level we’ve never seen before. The workforce in the generations that follow is much smaller, much more entrepreneurial in spirit, and much less willing to accept inequality of any kind.
The Business Case
Organizations with inclusive cultures have greater innovation, more cohesive work environments, and better profitability.
Greater social diversity generates the out-of-the-box thinking that can distinguish your company within your industry. "Social capital" - that which includes women - results in a more productive environment with diverse skill sets, new perspectives, and creative solutions.
The Burning Platform
Women are leaving the corporate workplace in droves as a result of still existing wage gaps, unfriendly corporate policies, and systemic gender bias. There is little concerted effort to address these issues at all levels and specifically within the upper echelons of the business world. So, why should you care? Because this combined with changing demographics is creating a burning platform that will impact your bottom line.