Workplace conditions for women have come a long way in the past few decades – yet there is still much progress to be made.
Experienced female professionals have endured numerous gender-related issues throughout their careers. Many have successfully navigated around these roadblocks and still managed to rise through the ranks in the companies they work for.
Women in leadership positions in your company can offer guidance to young females who are early in their career. Some people naturally find mentors in the workplace but not everyone is so fortunate. Creating a women’s mentorship program provides every female employee the opportunity to offer or accept guidance.
The modern workplace has evolved into a more inclusive environment in a short time. However, women still face numerous problems that men don’t. Here are few common women’s issues still prevalent in many workplaces:
While our society is working on changing circumstances for women, progress is slow. For example, the gender pay gap won’t be eliminated until 2059 at our current place.
That means a female fresh out college and entering the workforce today will encounter many of these problems throughout her career.
Communication is a big part of resolving women’s issues in the workplace. It’s important these problems be known and discussed so everyone can be part of the solution.
A women’s mentorship program is a great way to create an environment where issues can openly be discussed by your female employees. The conversations will be constructive since experience females will be able to provide advice and perspective to the women they mentor. Here are some tips for creating a successful women’s mentorship program for your company:
Mentorship programs often entail pairing an inexperienced employee with someone in a leadership position. They’re both expected to meet weekly and discuss whatever is on the mentee’s mind.
This approach is a little too forced. Some pairs will hit it off and others won’t. The ones that don’t form a strong relationship won’t benefit from the mentorship program.
It can be a better idea to start with an open group where all the program participants meet to share thoughts and feelings. This approach allows all your female employees to form a strong bond and personal mentorship relationships to grow from there.
There is a lot we all have to do to finally level the playing field in the workplace. Hopefully, our society soon overcomes gender-related work issues but until then a women’s mentorship program can help your female employees take on the challenges they encounter.