Time To Rethink HR Practices That Hurt Women Employees
Women continue to fight disparity at workplaces. They continue to fight gender discrimination. The human resource departments of the companies are expected to make the necessary changes that would be gender neutral.
Over the years, women have time and again proved their abilities and skills as professionals. It is no longer fair to regard them as humble and vulnerable dependents that need to be taken care of. It is probably the flak that they have received over the years that has made them headstrong and motivated professionals.
But, women continue to fight disparity at workplaces. They continue to fight gender discrimination. The human resource departments of the companies are expected to make the necessary changes that would be gender neutral.
The first of them is to value an individual's work quality and use only the work-related aspects as parameters to judge an employee. The nature of this judgement will reflect on the increase in wages or elevation in the position of the workers. Therefore, it is important to be unbiased and value efforts put in to finish a particular task.
Another important aspect that deserves a change is the criteria based on which promotions or increments are granted. Usually, experience and salary history are considered. So, most women who have a break in their career end up being pushed away. These policies must be revisited and amended.
It is also often noticed that companies remain insensitive to women's personal commitments and often look at them as a liability. This attitude deserves to be changed. They are often not given comfortable environments to work in. In several occasions, women are forced to stay back far beyond their regular working hours. This obviously makes it difficult for mothers who have children to raise and families to look after. But, it is these people who have the best time management skills and the ability to multitask, even when stressed. Gender neutral and safe workplaces are what women ask for, and it is not a lot to offer.