This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Gender Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’ and honestly, here at Professional Training Centre we cannot think of a more appropriate and inspiring message. While the world is still at times a dangerous place, we are currently emerging from the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic and find ourselves in a unique time of opportunity in our professional lives.
The emergence of hybrid working models; work-from-home as a proven paradigm rather than a pipe dream is just a part of the huge transition we are experiencing in the professional world. There is a definite mindset that the issues of Diversity; Inclusion; and Sustainability should be at the forefront as we form the new models which we will find ourselves working under in the future. While there is a whole lot of work to do, as well as resistance to this idea, the momentum behind the idea that we should #BreakTheBias is certainly growing. So, what could that look like?
First of all, it is important to note that increasing Diversity, Inclusion, and Gender Balance in the workforce is NOT a chore or sacrifice you have to make. In fact, all the evidence suggests that it will help your business to grow and thrive in occasionally surprising ways. Increased employee retention; growth in productivity rates; increasingly satisfied customers; and a rise in online attention and positive reviews can all be traced back in real life examples of diversity and inclusion success stories.
Equally, as gender roles and stereotypes are increasingly being interrogated in many societies, it is vital to remember that Equality goes beyond gender. It should not be viewed as a quota or ‘check box list’ of ethnicities, genders, sexual identities, or able-ness, but rather as an attempt to create a diverse and well-qualified team by including people of all personality types and work styles, and giving them the support and resources to work together. This new version of a workforce will instinctively prove to be a more sustainable workforce, as members will not experience burnout at the same rate, and will be motivated and feel included, which are all vital steps in retaining employees and reducing turnover rate.
A key aspect of gender equality and sustainable model building is to allow people the freedom to embrace their own identities, and the support to become the best possible version of them. Forcing someone to act like another personality or demographic type is never going to help you in the long run, or them at all. At Professional Training Centre, we run Women’s Empowerment seminars; Social Etiquette workshops; and Professional Development courses, all of which are designed to help you to become the best possible version of yourself both at work and in your own life.
If you’d like to learn more about Professional Development Centre, please feel free to contact Orla at email@example.com at any time. Additionally, we have a blog post on Diversity & Inclusion which ties in beautifully with the message of today. So, let’s #BreakTheBias and have a fantastic International Women’s Day 2022!