What is gender bias in the Workplace?
As much as the 8th of March is about celebrating the women in our lives for International Women’s Day, it is important to create awareness on the bias women still face, particularly in the workplace.
If you think you are above being biased to women, think again. Men are not the only ones biased to women, women are biased to women too.
Here are some unconscious and clear examples of bias women deal with on a daily basis:
+ Pay Bias such as discrepancy between males and females doing the same job
+ Performance Bias – Women have to prove their skills and experience and there are often minimal or no women as senior leaders in the workplace
+ Recruitment Bias – If a potential candidates resume displays that they are of childbearing age
+ Women are often threatened by other women in the workplace that assert themselves
+ Promotion Bias – Unequal opportunity for a promotion based on maternal age
+ Women are not considered equals in the workplace and their opinion doesn’t carry the same weight as their male co-workers
+ Perceived to cause marital issues if a woman earns more than her husband
+ Women are perceived negatively if they share their success with colleagues or others
+ Women are not career driven or focused if they have a family
+ Double discrimination if they are women and a different race
+ Not promoting an employee who is pregnant
What employers can start doing to ensure they are #breakingthebias
– Harnessing an inclusive culture that eliminates discrimination in all areas of the workplace from recruitment to promotion
– Creating a diverse hiring pipeline that starts from their early career and goes through to the executive level
– Provide external support such as professional development opportunities for women’s advancement
– Support flexible work arrangements
– Provide formal avenues to address any concerns of bias in the workplace