March 8th is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality. From forging inclusive work cultures where women’s careers thrive and their achievements are celebrated to assisting women to be in a position of power to make informed decisions about their health, the theme of this year is #BreakTheBias.
When people feel supported they are happier, healthier and more productive and providing a working environment of gender equality is imperative. The world economic forum published in their 2021 Gender Pay Gap report that we are over 135 years away from closing the global gender gap, which is a truly shocking finding. Making the choice to work for an employer who values gender equality makes all the difference!
There are unfortunately companies in this day and age who don’t value women’s contributions, provide a different rate of pay and benefits based on gender and provide a lack of opportunities for promotion. Thankfully there are many more employers who do provide a fully inclusive workplace and champion women’s contributions, but how do you check this?
The right organisation and employer can improve your overall wellbeing and help support your career enabling you to go from strength to strength. Doing your due-diligence when applying for jobs can ensure you choose an employer that’s right for you. When looking at the company website, consider looking into and checking:
- How many of the senior leaders are female?
- Do they include any inclusivity statement on their website?
- What are the findings from their Gender Pay Gap report?
- What benefits do they include in their package?
- Do they have anything that supports health and wellbeing?
- Do they have a Glassdoor profile where you can read real life reviews from employees?
To support your search, take a look at the Where Women Work website. It is the first female-focused careers platform that benchmarks and pre-screens corporate employers.
At InsideOut, we are really proud of the fact that our business was founded by a woman, Laura Stembridge, that 75% of our senior leadership team are women and we have a c.50% female to male ratio across the business. We operate a fair pay policy and have a generic set of benefits, including mental health and wellbeing support, that are available to everyone regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.
If you are reading this and you want to find out more about how you can support your employees health and wellbeing and ultimately help them thrive, get in touch with us and we can talk to you about how InsideOut can support you.
Together we can #BreakTheBias.
Author – Amy Patterson, Director of Sales & Marketing @ InsideOut