Most employers recognise the need to be aware of cultural idiosyncrasies when doing business in other countries; but when it comes to doing business with men and women, important differences are all too often overlooked, says neuroleadership expert Silvia Damiano.
Is your organisation making progress on gender equality? Is it measuring this progress systematically? A set of public guidelines and templates released last week will help businesses answer these questions and more, Chartered Secretaries Australia CEO Tim Sheehy told a launch in Sydney last week.
Employers don't need to wait for instances of bias before taking steps to address it - being proactive benefits not just the target group but also increases engagement and pride among the broader employee population, a law firm has found.
A new finding that talented women are twice as likely to actively drive their own careers than to wait for promotions or job offers should serve as a warning for employers, says Hay Group director Wendy Montague.
An increasing number of Australian employers recognise the business value of a diverse workforce, but most are implementing strategies that neglect a key cohort, says Australian Network on Disability CEO, Suzanne Colbert.
A US employer that refused to make assumptions about what people with disability can and can't do - and was willing to see them fail if it meant giving them a chance to succeed - has dramatically improved the diversity of its workforce and reaped unexpected benefits along the way.
The indicators employers need to report against under the Workplace Gender Equality Act include information that many organisations don't yet capture, and might have to create systems for, according to Ashurst lawyers Michael Tamvakologos and Melissa Bulat.
In response to an ageing population and predictions of further skills shortages, one of Australia's largest employers is taking concrete steps to encourage workers to think about their retirement earlier, and stay with the company for longer.