Let's Rethink How We Think
Implicit bias references the subconscious influence of one's attitude towards another person's character or appearance based on stereotypes. It affects the way people perceive each other and can have unfavorable results. This change of attitude affects one's understanding and decision making, in which those two aspects alone can have major impacts on an individual's future in the workplace.
Change Brings Success
Inequality in the workplace is nothing new, and every place of business is different. Behavior that was ingrained into the system years ago has become the norm among every passing generation. It is predictable, patterned, and hard to recognize; let alone change. But we must start somewhere...
To analyze the problem we need to:
- Understand and collect pertinent data
- Examine the situation from all sides and develop a plan of action
- Implement the solution by speaking up and encouraging advocacy among peers
The Future Is Bright
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.
Diversity and Inclusion Benefits All
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" - which includes women - results in a more productive environment with diverse skill sets, new perspectives, and creative solutions.
Take Action Before It's Too Late
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 any level, specifically within the upper echelons of the business world. So, why should small businesses and entrepreneurs care? The loss of talent and opportunity, combined with the changing demographics, is creating a burning platform, and it will impact your bottom line.