PwC research “Time to talk”: what has to change for women at work?

Many organisations are working hard to improve the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) of their workforce, many with a specific focus on gender balance at leadership level. There is no one single bullet which can solve this complex challenge, it takes: time, commitment, vision and resilience to foster an Inclusive culture where everyone can flourish.

Recent PwC research “time to talk” highlights three areas for organisations for focus on to accelerate progress:

Transparency and trust – a way of conducting business in which employers offer their staff a clear understanding of the expectations on both sides of the employment equation.

What employers can do includes:

  • Provide consistent, accurate, accessible information about career progression and pay scales.
  • Hold open conversations with employees on where they stand and what is expected of them to advance.

Strategic support – networks mobilising women. Women need proactive networks of leaders and peers who will develop, promote and champion them at home and in the workplace.

What employers can do includes:

  • Role models of both genders to look up to and learn from
  • Mentors who help navigate the path to success
  • Sponsors who can push her to the next level
  • A circle outside of work who reinforce and support career aspirations

Life, family, care and work – we are all facing increasing demands from all walks of life, parenting, community for example, there is a need to find organisation solutions that work for all.

What employers can do includes:

  • Offer an on and off ramp strategy and policy, educating managers how to deal with returners to work, focussing on communication and a toolkit
  • Flexible friendly workplace, it is not just enough to have the policy, visible support is required from top leadership and education
  • Little visible steps can make big differences, for example a concierge at work or childcare solution support

A Diverse and Inclusive organisation is reached, one conversation at a time…

Read more about the PwC research “time to talk” and download the full report here.

 

PwC Switzerland
Sue Johnson
Tel. +41 58 792 90 98
sue.johnson@ch.pwc.com