Quotas are a pretty topical subject to tackle the Gender Equality issue and no doubt some people would think that because I run a business called Self Confident Women I would be a supporter of Quotas.
As a shareholder I expect the best people for the job to be on the Board, not just bums not put on seats because they fit into the ‘quota’ someone has set.
As an advocate for women to move forward and up, I do not support them being set up to fail. Yes, I know quotas have worked well in other countries but I would like to see us take another angle.
It’s an opinion I have voiced often and sometimes loud and I believe it would solve the gender equality issue, as well as many other issues we have in the workplace.
Develop all women in the workplace and your potential leaders will stand out and you can move them through the organisation accordingly. Even if women don’t want to be promoted, you then have solutions-focussed, productive employees sitting happily in their current roles.
Another great standout from this strategy is it also very obviously shows you who doesn’t fit. These are the people you need to move on quickly – for these sakes and the organisation.
The money you spend on investing in your female employees will be saved in staff turnover costs. I was reading somewhere that the cost of recruitment is 75% of the persons wage. Wouldn’t that money be better spent on showing employees they matter and you care about creating a collaborative and inclusive culture.
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Glenise is the Owner and Director of SR Group and Self Confident Women. Her passion lies in increasing confidence and emotional intelligence levels for individuals and teams, creating higher productivity and happiness. She is a Speaker, Trainer, Advanced Consultant in Extended DISC , Coach & Mentor