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Actions for Gender Equality in the Workplace: Steps for Men to Take Be mindful of communication double standards that negatively impact women during discussions about promotions, bonuses, or projects.

Actions for Gender Equality in the Workplace: Steps for Men to Take Be mindful of communication double standards that negatively impact women during discussions about promotions, bonuses, or projects. Challenge negative comments and stereotypes. Provide honest feedback to women and minorities. Denying them constructive criticism denies them the opportunity to learn and grow. Encourage female coworkers to pursue promotions and increase the visibility of women within your organization. Take advantage of parental leave to demonstrate the importance of work-life balance. Why number four you ask? plenty of reasons.. It normalizes the idea that caregiving responsibilities should be shared between men and women. When only women take leave, it perpetuates the stereotype that family duties are "women's work." It discourages the practice of penalizing employees, especially women, who need flexible work arrangements or time off for childcare reasons. Male leaves show this is a human/family issue rather than a "women's problem." It gives fathers valuable bonding time with new children. Strong father-child relationships produce beneficiary outcomes for kids' development and the entire family's well-being. It maintains an expectation that both partners will continue advancing their careers after having children. When only one parent takes extended leave, it harms that person's career trajectory over the long run. Companies benefit from retaining talented employees regardless of gender or parental status. Employees who know their employers support work-life integration are more satisfied, productive and loyal. Male leaves being commonplace makes future leave-taking by male or female employees less stigmatized. It establishes parental leave as a standard workplace policy and benefit available to all. By implementing these measures, you can contribute to creating a more inclusive and gender-equal workplace. #genderequality #workplaceequity . It is worth noting that society views discussions about family care more favorably when initiated by men compared to women. Be mindful of communication double standards if a woman speaks up in a meeting, is she seen as assertive or bossy? If a man speaks up, is he seen as confident and decisive? Be aware of these biases and challenge them when you see them. A dominant male colleague who interrupts is seen as assertive, while a woman who does the same is perceived as aggressive??? Errors or mistakes made by a man are chalked up to a learning experience, but the same errors from a woman are attributed to her being incompetent. Provide honest feedback to women . Don't be afraid to give women constructive criticism, just as you would to any other employee. Denying them feedback denies them the opportunity to learn and grow. Men are praised for being ambitious when they pursue promotions, while career-oriented women may be criticized as too pushy. Talking passionately about interests outside work is fine for men but seen as gossiping if women do the same at the water cooler. It's expected that mothers will miss meetings for childcare reasons but fathers doing the same raises eyebrows about commitment. Women who negotiate salaries aggressively are labeled as difficult, while assertive men are less likely to face this criticism. Men taking parental or personal leave are praised as dedicated fathers, but questions may be raised about women's commitment to their jobs. Crude jokes or comments are dismissed as locker room talk if men do it, but women who engage are labeled negatively. Men are considered confident for openly discussing accomplishments, but the same from women comes across as bragging. Support female coworkers to pursue promotions and increase the visibility of women within your organization. Nominate female colleagues for leadership positions and opportunities. Advocate for their work and accomplishments. A woman who negotiates for a higher salary is seen as demanding, while a man who negotiates for a higher salary is seen as savvy. A woman who takes a risk and fails is seen as incompetent, while a man who takes a risk and fails is seen as learning from his mistakes. A woman who is emotional at work is seen as unprofessional, while a man who is emotional at work is seen as passionate. A woman who is sexualized at work is seen as asking for it, while a man who sexualizes a woman at work is seen as being a creep. Double standards can significantly hinder women's career progression, impacting their overall well-being and mental health. Be consciously aware of how you communicate with and about women. AND NO DOUBLE STANDRDS! this doesn't mean baby them! Make mentorship and sponsorship available to all qualified employees regardless of gender. Help female coworkers expand their networks and develop new skills. Speak up when you witness unequal treatment, microaggressions, or exclusionary behavior aimed at women. Allies can help challenge broader culture. Advocate for policies that support work-life balance for all employees, like parental leave, flexible schedules, childcare assistance. This helps dismantle biases that penalize women. Sponsor women for leadership opportunities and promotions. Use your own privilege and influence to advocate for qualified female candidates. Examine your own implicit biases and be receptive to feedback from female colleagues about how certain behaviors or comments come across. Well-intentioned allies can still perpetuate harm. Become educated on issues like the gender pay gap and represent the diversity of your workplace on industry panels or in meetings with clients. Avoid Interruptions: Research reveals that men tend to interrupt women more frequently than they do other men during conversations. To foster inclusivity, make a conscious effort to listen more than you speak. Actively seek and value input from women during meetings. Mentor or Sponsor Women: Both men and women should reevaluate their perspective on mentorship and advocacy to better support their female counterparts. While some women may prefer mentoring relationships with other women, it is crucial to recognize the value that male mentors can bring. Male mentors offer unique perspectives and empower women to have a voice even in male-dominated environments. Encouraging mentorship and advocacy across genders can foster collaboration and bridge divides in the workplace. Don't Be a Silent Bystander: Men must see themselves as part of the solution and actively demonstrate support. Merely refraining from contributing to the problem is not enough. When faced with sexist jokes or disparaging comments about women, speak up and make it clear that such behavior is unacceptable. Furthermore, if you witness a male colleague taking credit for a female coworker's idea, intervene and set the record straight. Ensure Women Receive Due Credit: Microaggressions such as interruptions or hijacking ideas can undermine women's contributions. Help ensure that your female colleagues receive proper credit for their ideas and have an equal opportunity to express themselves in meetings. Lead by example by tactfully interjecting on behalf of your colleagues and advocating for their ideas. Additionally, actively include women in conversations to foster a diverse range of perspectives. Share Office Responsibilities: Allyship goes beyond grand gestures; it requires critical self-reflection on everyday actions. Examine the distribution of tasks within your office. Are women disproportionately burdened with administrative responsibilities such as taking meeting notes or organizing activities that promote others' professional development? By distributing these tasks more equitably, everyone can fully participate in decision-making and discussions, alleviating the additional responsibilities placed on women. These actions, when implemented collectively, can contribute to a more inclusive and equitable work environment. One actionable step that men can take, as suggested, is to share their social capital. This entails connecting others, providing opportunities, and sharing organizational resources. Instead of simply accepting invitations to participate in panels or meetings on topics that align more with a coworker's expertise, it is beneficial to recommend and endorse them for these opportunities. However, it is crucial to first inquire if they are available and interested in participating. Don't assume that you understand what women think or what they need just because you have a mother, sister, wife, and/or daughter," advises Klaus. Instead, seek information directly from women themselves or better yet just leave it be your opinion doesnt need to always be voiced. It is crucial to recognize that gender inequities are not solely women's issues, cautions Griffith. This mindset can perpetuate blaming women for systemic problems and expecting them to solve these issues on their own. Male allies should proactively inquire about the needs of their female colleagues and genuinely listen to their perspectives. Women Make Better Leaders in General Nurturing Nature: Women tend to be more nurturing, an attribute that can translate into an empathetic leadership style. This empathetic approach often results in a more inclusive work environment, where every team member feels valued and listened to. Less Ego: Women leaders often possess a more collaborative approach to decision-making. They tend to prioritize the collective success of their teams over individual accolades, leading to a more harmonious and productive workspace. Emotional Control: While all individuals have emotions, women are often taught from a young age to manage and express their feelings constructively. This emotional intelligence can be advantageous in leadership roles, allowing women leaders to maintain composure during challenging situations and make balanced, thoughtful decisions. Better Decision Making: Female leaders often excel in critical thinking and problem-solving. This, coupled with their emotional intelligence, equips them to make sound decisions that consider various perspectives and potential outcomes. Resilience: Often, women who ascend to leadership positions have overcome significant hurdles (as discussed above) along their career paths. This resilience may help them navigate organizational challenges with determination and grace, inspiring their teams to do the same. In conclusion, the distinctive leadership qualities that women bring to the table—empathy, collaboration, emotional control, astute decision-making, and resilience—are instrumental in shaping holistic and high-functioning workplaces. This underscores the need for increased representation of women in leadership roles as a critical step towards achieving organizational success and inclusivity. In the ever-evolving landscape of the business world, the inclusion of diverse leadership styles is not just a sign of progress—it's a strategic necessity. Women leaders bring a unique blend of empathy, resilience, collaboration, emotional control, and decision-making prowess to their roles, attributes that are instrumental in crafting a holistic and high-functioning workplace. Their increased representation in leadership roles can therefore profoundly influence an organization's success and inclusivity. As we move forward, let's celebrate the achievements of women leaders and continue to support their journey, for the strength of our future lies in the diversity of our present leadership.

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