Is your company a women friendly workplace? Today companies are trying to morph into women friendly workplaces. The habits and cultures that have developed over the years, in many cases, are not easy to manage for a woman needing a place to pump milk, someone to check on childcare options, and demanding hours that eat into family dinner and even nighttime rituals.
The solutions are complex. Some companies demand a promotion path that requires a move every 2-3 years or hours that prohibit a healthy family life. What is the best advice I’ve heard for women today? Seek out the companies that have already attained ‘women friendly workplace’ status. Fortune magazine published a list of the top 100 places to work for women.
It will be far less frustrating to get into a company striving to make it easier for you than to remain with the companies that are lagging behind in that regard. Eventually, companies will hire consultants, invoke change management, and restructure their benefits and company structures to make your life easier. This will take years.
They will do this because they see the potential benefit to their bottom line. Diversity has shown to pay off in spades, increasing the bottom lines of the companies that have found a way to create a diverse workforce. For diversity information, I find the Catalyst organization to be a great source of information.
If you search for a company with a focus on diversity, you will find them. They will soon become the new norm.
by Bethany Williams