Men at Work…

What a man should do to support gender equality:

Dr Michael Kimmel commented; “white men have been the beneficiaries of the greatest affirmative action program ever known in the history of the world—it’s called the history of the world!”  I am a strong supporter affirmative action for women through the use of targets for women especially into senior line positions. Men often complain behind the scenes that their opportunities will be curtailed. For the last 200 years they have been advantaged in almost every conceivable way in the business environment. Merit selection has been given as a “trite” excuse.  It is now time that real merit is seen beyond the male persona.

Here are some things that any man can do to support women at work:

– Understand that gender equality is important (http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/leading_in_the_21st_century/gender_balance_and_the_link_to_performance)

– Challenge your organisation’s thinking about women at work (http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/organization/fostering_women_leaders_a_fitness_test_for_your_top_team)

– Reflect on your view of merit – is it biased (http://www.thebusinesswomanmedia.com/myths-meritocracy-women-arent-rising-senior-leadership/)

– Reflect on what leadership means today – “command and control” needs to move to “Collaboroation and Motivation”  (http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/leading_in_the_21st_century/centered_leadership_how_talented_women_thrive)

– Make gender equality personal to you and others (http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/organization/championing_gender_equality_in_australia)

– Ensure women are paid equally at least in your in your area and ensure your organisation is recognised as a pay equity ambassador (http://inyourhands.org.au/become-a-pay-equity-ambassador/)

– Encourage others to “call out” inappropriate behaviour – as General David Morrison said “The behaviour you walk past is the bahaviour you accept” (http://www.businessinsider.com.au/inappropriate-workplace-behaviors-2014-8)

Need help contact me at diana.ryall@xplore.net.au

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