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

Are you happy with 80%?

In Australia, most women work for 80% of the dollars that men would earn for the same role.  Part of the problem is the way women avoid money discussions.  Many women I speak with see that money is a once a year discussion and when there is a “freeze” they drop the subject altogether.  When I ask about it they have comments such as “I love my job”, “I don’t like conflict”, “business it tough right now” and a variety of others.  We all hope to be working in a job we love and have our work appreciated, but there are long term ramifications for not ensuring remuneration is part of the conversation.  If you are paid less, you are assumed to have few skills, you are less likely to get the next promotion, you limit the remuneration of those in your team and you will limit your income available for charity support!

It is up to you to “talk money” or equality of remuneration will continue at the level it is today.