Gender can become a priority for your organisation in different ways. Ideally, it’s through strategic thinking of what’s important to your business and an understanding that gender diversity can lead to innovation and higher performance. So where do you start with a gender strategy?
One of the things we notice with many organisations starting out on the gender equality journey is the tendency to jump straight into implementing a series of gender equality related activities. These can often include women’s networks, informal mentoring, unconscious bias training, and a range of other initiatives.
While these may actually be great programs in their own rights, what we observe is that they are often disconnected from the business and HR strategy, they may not have the support from management, and they are not part of an overarching strategy aligned towards a more deliberate goal.