Businesses, be they large or small, will be rewarded when they successfully attract both women and men to their workforce.
Businesses that respect and value the variety brought by both women and men are better able to attract and retain high performers and improve performance.
Gender equality is achieved when people are able to get and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of whether they are a woman or a man.
The aim is to achieve equal outcomes for women and men, not exactly the same outcome for all individuals.
Australia has made significant progress towards gender equality in recent decades. However, women continue to earn less than men, are less likely to advance their careers as far as men, and are more likely to spend their final years in poverty.
At the same time, men find it more difficult to access flexible working arrangements than women.
This paper (www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/business_case_web.pdf) summarises how fostering a workplace that promotes gender equality can help your business to:
- Attract the best employees
- Reduce cost of staff turnover
- Enhance business performance
- Improve access to target markets
- Minimise legal risks
- Enhance reputation
- Engage men