POSTED 11 Mar 2019 - 14:00

Why do women still lag the men at work today in the workplace?

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How can organisations do their part to bridge the gender gap?
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Tripti Lochan, Co-Chief Executive Officer, VMLY&R Asia
26 Apr 2019 - 17:17

The truth is there is no single reason - it is a combination of various causes, from cultural norms and access to education, to organisational rules such as low paternity leave, and self-inflicted expectations. If left unaddressed, we're going to see lower numbers of women in the talent pipeline. But it's not all doom and gloom - the number of women leaders in the ad industry is proof that women are gaining ground, and a lot of this starts with culture.

At VMLY&R, gender doesn't come into the hiring equation; we make decisions based on an individual's merit and skillset. This extends to pay, as well as the roles we hire for, including digital and tech.

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Teo Lay Lim, Senior MD, ASEAN Country MD, Singapore Accenture
17 Apr 2019 - 17:38

Bridging the gender gap must be a strategic priority for all organisations. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the workforce still hold traditional attitudes about women and their roles in the workforce. To address this, organisations should actively advance workplace equality by creating an environment for all employees to communicate and collaborate freely.

At Accenture, our goal is to have a workforce of half men and half women by 2025. We believe that women, as much as men, bring value and creativity to the workplace. This builds on Accenture's 2018 research, which identified 40 workplace factors that contribute to a culture of equality, and grouped them into three actionable categories: Bold Leadership, Comprehensive Action and Empowering Environment.

Companies can tackle the gender gap by having a diverse leadership team, and a working culture where employees experiment without the fear of failure or judgement. Prioritising this will present equal opportunities for all within the workforce.

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