Women face multiple barriers, obstacles, and challenges in the workplace. While we have come a long way in recent years, we still have a long way to go. We need more women in leadership roles in fields such as technology, science, and engineering where the rise to the top is harder and slower for women. More policies need to be enforced in favor of women, and to build a gender-equal work environment, change has to be driven from the top. With more awareness, conversation, and actions, organizations and companies can break the barriers that hold women back.
1. Create equal opportunities.
Companies need to work on closing the gender gap and opening doors that have been long locked for women. They need to break the male line of succession and allow more women in leadership roles in industries where usually men leadership is dominant.
2. Give support.
Women need support and encouragement. Companies need to make women know that their effort and dedication are recognized. Support comes in many ways; whether emotional, intellectual, or financial, support can go a long way and gives women a push forward. Women, when supported, they go above and beyond in ways that exceed expectations.
3. Offer benefits beyond the pay.
The pay alone is not enough to make a woman stay in a company. Companies need to offer other benefits to make things easier for women, being mothers and caregivers. Besides the good pay, women need to find flexibility in the workplace where there are no restrictions on working hours. Spain’s law that approves paid menstrual leave is the kind of change we need to see happening in favor of supporting women.
4. Ensure their voices are heard.
Companies should push women not to be on the outskirts of meetings. Instead, they should encourage women to voice their ideas and concerns. Women are great decision-makers and when given enough room to speak up and have a voice, they can take any organization to new heights.
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