Gender Parity at the Workplace: A Two-Way Street

Men, women need to work together on solutions, say participants in EY survey

In its Global Gender Gap Report 2014, the World Economic Forum estimates it will take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity in the workplace. That’s 80 more years till companies and governments are equally led by men and women; 80 more years of talent pipelines and unfulfilled professional promise. EY’s study, `Women. Fast Forward’, surveyed 400 leaders of companies across industries in EMEIA, Asia Pacific and North America -with respondents at the management level and half of them at the C-suite level. The findings reiterate that men and women need to work together on sustainable solutions for gender parity, but also show both genders have similar perceptions regarding women’s potential, as well as the enablers and obstacles to their success. Respondents identified measures within their companies -like providing diversity training, implementing pay transparency, developing women’s networks, and active CEO support for women inside and outside the organisation -as being supportive to women.Brinda Dasgupta brings you the highlights. “The study provides interesting insights into the path to leadership, speeding up company culture change with progressive corporate policies, and building a supportive, inclusive environment for women to grow in. One of our major focus points is making sure that more women are inducted into the partnership level, and to this end, women are given mentoring and support to achieve that goal.“

-Sandeep Kohli, national director -HR, EY

Source : Economic Times

Date : 07-07-2015

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