Quick tips on how you can make a difference at work

5 Ways to ensure your workplace is taking equality seriously.

Further extending the theme of International Women’s Day we take a few moments to check all the ways that you can ensure that your workplace is serious about equality. 

  1. MEETINGS THAT ENCOURAGE EVERYONE

In group dynamics there are usually those that speak up and some that hang back. Ensuring that your workplace creates an environment that is open and encouraging for everyone to feel comfortable to speak up and voice their opinion is vital. Meetings don’t need to be run by managers, you can have the team take it in turns to chair a regular meeting.

 

  1. STOP ASSUMPTIONS

We all know that making assumptions is dangerous. Ask questions instead of assuming, offer opportunities to employees regardless of whether you think they can or can not personally participate. Don’t think workers with children won’t be able to attend interstate meetings, international events or after hours functions. Everyone should be asked and invited in the same manner regardless of their personal circumstances, let them decide if it’s possible. 

 

  1. HEALTH CHECK YOUR WORKPLACE POLICIES

Workplace policies often are prepared and then forgotten. It’s smart to check over these policies regularly and ensure that equal pay is a priority, equal paternity and maternity benefits apply, flexibility arrangements are open to all and that all staff are evaluated on the same process and performance review system to ensure an even playing field for all. 

 

  1. BRING IN AN INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL

If you are presented with any issues, concerns or allegations from staff in the workplace, it is professional to bring in an external consultant or professional to oversee the process. A manager overseeing the complaints process about their own department may be flawed, long term employees may be biased towards the company and misinformation and leaked confidential information can make the situation far worse. Think about an external person such as a psychologist, recruiter, employment lawyer or mediator for these types of concerns. 

 

  1. ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE 

If you have vacancies and openings, and the balance is not equal in terms of gender or diversification, then why not encourage some of those within the business that would make it more balanced. Often a frank and open conversation about a 5 year plan or aspirations for management etc can go along way.  Preparing and training staff to take up management roles is good business and if you do it with the view to equality it will pay back the business in many ways into the future. 

 

Recruitment Central is a professional recruitment company, based in Brisbane and ready to assist small, medium and large businesses with their recruitment needs, employment advice, employee handbooks and more. Contact us today for a confidential discussion on your recruitment plan for the next 12 months. 



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