International Women’s Day: how to inspire inclusion

It’s International Women’s Day! Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful women in our lives, and remind ourselves of the positive changes we can make to create a gender-equal world. This year’s theme is ‘Inspire Inclusion’, which is centred around making sure women are being given the same opportunities as men to be present, have a voice and be treated equally. In this blog, we discuss how we can all help to inspire inclusion in the workplace. 

1.Diversity = better care 

Research from Forbes has shown that diverse workforces make better business decisions in 87% of cases. Plus, social workers should reflect the communities and societies that they are working alongside and supporting – so diversity is crucial to ensuring everyone is represented. 

2. Include women in leadership roles 

While the social care sector is mainly populated by women, we still need to push for these women to be included in senior level roles. If women at your organisation are not being given a voice to make important changes, then something needs to change. 

3. Challenge bias 

Did you know that 73% of women still experience bias at work? Unfortunately, fewer than one-third of employees can recognise bias when it occurs. So, how can we change this? Well, if you’re in a managerial position, it is your job to actively acknowledge and confront bias in the workplace. If you’re someone who is experiencing bias in the workplace, make sure to report it – don’t suffer in silence. Check out this article on recognising bias for further insight. 

4. Don’t underestimate the power of flexible working 

Since the pandemic, most employers have recognised the benefits of flexible working arrangements – but how does this inspire inclusion? Research has shown that women still carry out a disproportionate amount of childcare and domestic chores, compared to men. The option to work flexibility means that more women can stay in their profession after having a baby. Furthermore, women face less microaggression when working remotely and have more physiological safety than they would in a face-to-face setting. Find a flexible working model that meets everyone’s needs, measure outcomes and adjust accordingly.  

5. Provide support

Initiatives such as coaching, one-to-ones and peer mentoring are all great ways to help support women in the workplace. Whether it be advice on career progression or regular check-ins about more day-to-day issues, having a support system in place is paramount to helping inspire inclusion and encouraging women to succeed. 

Let’s come together and make a conscious effort to include women in every aspect of social work this International Women’s Day and beyond. 

carlette Isaac

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