International Women’s Day: 5 Ways to Support Working Women

today is international women's day!

A day to celebrate women's achievements and raise awareness against bias...

Today is International Women’s Day a day where the world comes together to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias and to take action for a more equal world. Although we have come along way in supporting women in business, with on average one in three FTSE 250 companies adding women to their boards in 2018-2019 (The Hampton-Alexander Review).

But there’s still more we could all be doing. From ensuring men and women are equally compensated for the work they’re doing to helping more women enter industries that are notoriously challenging and evaluating whether your employee benefits are supporting working women.

We take a look at the 5 ways you can make sure your workplace is set up to help women in your business succeed...


1. Make sure job roles are open to women:

Research from Adzuna has revealed that job openings for women have suffered a year-on-year fall of 40.2% compared to those of men, where it has been an 11.8% drop. This is due to a decrease in demand for the top professions help by women such as sales and retail assistants, receptionists, and personal assistance.

It’s important to make sure all your roles are available to women by offering flexible working and childcare options, as well as encouraging more women to enter industries like technology and manufacturing.


2. Call out inequalities at work:

From being interrupted in meetings, to having their ideas shot down, not all workplaces make it easy for women to contribute. Make sure that it’s part of your culture to not allow this to happen, with your senior leaders setting examples.

If someone is interrupted, regardless of their gender, make sure to go back to them so they can finish their point.


3. Encourage flexible working:

Research by LinkedIn has found that 44% of women around the world say they’ve taken on more domestic responsibilities than their partner during the pandemic and lockdown periods.

Even though children are now able to go back to school in England, that doesn’t mean flexible working hours should be taken away from any employee, particularly not working mothers.

Having flexibility for when they choose to work can help working parents balance their workload with their caring responsibilities, which is important regardless of their gender.

It’s important to make sure that flexible working isn’t just available, it should be encouraged across the business at all levels, to ensure that it’s used to the full effect.


4. The importance of work-life balance and wellbeing:

For many office-based workers, we’re still set to be working from home for the foreseeable future. Although remote working has many benefits, like no commute and money saving, it can make it difficult to separate our work from our home life. It’s important that you help women, and everyone in your work, look after their mental and physical health.

You could look at introducing, or making the most of, schemes like employee assistance programmes. They can give your employees access to counselling (online, face-to-face and via email), financial wellbeing advice and support for those working from home.


5. Acknowledge women’s successes

When we’re living in a world where women’s ideas and contributions aren’t always heard, it’s important to take the time to celebrate the successes of the women in your teams. This shouldn’t just be done on International Women’s Day; it should be front of mind everyday of the year.


How we can help:

If you’re not sure where to start in making sure your employee benefits, reward or recognition strategy is supporting women and gender equality, we can help. Get in touch with our experts today and they can help!

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