by April Rassa,
Originally published: January 26, 2017
The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question, “How can you play a role in advancing workplace equality?” is written by April Rassa, marketing executive for Progressly.
Large gender gaps still exist in the American workforce, and we should all be concerned about it. Gender equality, after all, is not just a women’s issue. It takes all of us to create an inclusive workplace environment where respect, collaboration, and connections are cultivated.
Companies should focus on these four critical objectives to get men and women alike to champion gender equality in the workplace:
Form discussion groups
One of the ways we’ve begun to address gender inequality here at Progressly is through establishing a Women’s Circle, which is a group of women that meet during lunch or after work once a month. We address topics we all care about—but rarely get to discuss—with other women who face similar challenges. It’s a time to slow down, reflect, connect, get inspired, and support each other.