Women in the Workplace: Does Gender Bias Still Exist?

Oct 20, 2015

Women in the Workplace

According to the US Department of Labor, women are 47 percent of the total US workforce, and that percentage is anticipated to keep growing to more than 50 percent. With women integrating into the labor force since the 1970s, many things have changed to adapt to the new dynamic; however, not all things are equal. Recruitment tactics and hiring tests may vary when it comes to hiring males or females, but either way, you should still put your best foot forward to combat gender biases or inequalities.

Gender bias in the workplace can sometimes slip between the cracks when it isn't so obvious—but taking the time to look out for it can only benefit your organization in the long run. Below is a list of a few biases to check your workplace for.

  • Unequal pay. This is a hot topic of most gender bias conversations today. On average, women make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, according to the US Department of Labor. But a simple way for you to avoid this issue in your office? When hiring, base pay on experience and abilities, rather than gender.
  • Lowering responsibilities. Whether you are aware of a woman's strength or not—if she is readily offering to help carry large boxes inside, don't pass her off because of her gender. Another way to look at it is with two comparable executives, male and female—you have to give them equal responsibilities.
  • "Glass ceilings." Do you allow employees to climb the ladder of promotions and opportunity within your organization equally? All men and women should have all the same opportunities to reach as high as possible with their skill sets.
  • Outdated views. As people adapt to having more women in the workplace, views can take time to grow with the times. Having a dress code such as one that requires women to wear pantyhose and dresses is a bit outdated, don't you think?

Now that you've taken the time to do an internal look, you may have found more biases than you originally thought existed. Firstly, improving the recruitment and retention of women employees must start from within. Leaders have to see it as a priority and commit to making the appropriate changes. Understanding how women and men communicate differently is another integral part—misinterpreting the communication styles of genders can cause issues down the road. It is important to note that men and women can be very different—but rather than treating them inefficiently and unequally, accept their differences and take advantage of them for the best outcome of your organization!

ZERORISK HR has the ability to help you create effective hiring assessments, practices, and tests to eliminate gender bias throughout the hiring process as well as hire the perfect talent for your workplace. Feel free to contact us at (972) 996-0800 for more information on implementing employee testing and team development and strong screening and selection processes.

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