Findings state employers still have work to do
LeanIn.Org in partnership with McKinsey & Company, released their annual study Women in the Workplace 2016. This is based on the pipeline data and human resources practices from 132 companies employing more than 4.6 million people around the world.
The key findings for the 2016 study is somewhat depressing reading, as it shows that we have still have some way to go before achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace:
- women are less likely to receive the first critical promotion to manager
- far fewer women end up on the path to leadership
- Women get less access to the people, input, and opportunities that accelerate careers
- women of colour face the most barriers to advancement and experience the steepest drop-offs with seniority
As a result the study stated that the higher up you look in companies, the fewer women you see. However, the study identifies concrete steps that employers can take to create more inclusive workplaces. Companies’ commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high, but they are still struggling to put their commitment into practice, and many employees are not on board.
Many studies link diversity to better business results and all employees benefit from a workplace that is inclusive and fair. A more diverse workforce will also lead to stronger organizations. And surely that’s good for employees, good for companies, and good for all us.
At SceneChange we help employers to achieve their commitment to gender diversity through our Diversity in Leadership programmes. We will be launching our Coaching Squared programmes over the next six months:
- LGBT Leadership programme in November 2016
- BAME programme in January 2017
- Women in Leadership programme in February 2017
- Disability programme in March 2017
These programmes enable talented personnel to build on their strengths and navigate the barriers through cross organisational peer to peer coaching. To find out more click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org