A father’s responsibility

Yesterday was father’s day…

Many of you will be father’s of girls, young women or women in the workplace. You are likely proud of your family and have ensured that your daughters received the same education as your sons.

I would like you to think for a minute about Australian women in the workplace and the additional challenges they face in maximising their potential. Or you can reflect on the talent that is lost to Australia.

A more senior manager or leader in their organisation will sexually harass about half of these women. They will start and continue on a lower salary, be promoted more slowly and often miss the sponsorship of senior men that is offered to junior men in the workplace. They will feel poorly treated and may well drop out of their chosen career.

Over their working lifetime they will likely be underpaid by nearly $1,000,000 or get paid about 80% of the men doing the same job. You could perhaps think of it as working 5 days and get paid for only 4.

Xplore for Success has touched the lives of over 11,000 of these women and we have heard the stories first hand. It is just harder! I personally feel appalled that this is the norm for 2015 and I am sure you do too!

As Dr Michael Kimmel states “men have had the advantage of affirmative action for 200 years in the workplace”. He speaks passionately about the need for affirmative action to balance the past. (http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/29/living/war-on-men/)

So how can you speak up in your organisation to ensure that there is no gender pay gap – and you can’t be sure unless it is measured! (https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/Pay_Equity_Toolkit_Main.pdf)

Are you prepared to call bad behaviour of men in your organisation?

Are you prepared to sponsor both women and men in your workplace?

What can you do to make the workplace safe and rewarding for your daughters? Please think “If it is to be, it is up to me” and make a difference.

Want the facts in Australia? https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/Gender_Pay_Gap_Factsheet.pdf

Want to see Australia compared to other OECD countries?

http://www.oecd.org/gender/data/genderwagegap.htm

Want help in your organisation? Diana.ryall@xplore.net.au

Social Media photos

LinkedIn is a more professional social media platform and therefore your photo should represent you as the person you want to be seen to be professionally.  Avoid party shots – often not very becoming, animal photos – unless you are a vet, group photos where no one is sure which is you or you and your partner.  Being too close with your face taking the whole space can look quite daunting.  Some photos the person is off to the side or parts of their head are cut off or women with business clothes that reveal a little to much.  For women, avoid the head tilt.  Take a minute to look at your photo and those of your peers and think about the image you portray.  It is the business person you want to portray.  When there is no photo one wonders what you may be trying to hide.  Our phone cameras are so good now you can get a good photo that way or invest in a photographer.  Remember when you are job seeking LinkedIn is the first place many organisations will go to “check you out”.

Check out these photos and see what you think:

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=business+people+images&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CD8QsARqFQoTCKDNx5a5_8YCFQTnpgod3ikLPQ&biw=1298&bih=775#tbm=isch&q=business+people+images+headshots

Facebook is much more personal as a social media platform but still it is a long term summary of you and your life.  Consider which photos are appropriate and show you as a rounded person with career and interests.  However, also consider that some photos would be best not on show to your current or prospective employer.