Friday, June 23, 2017

The cultural benefits of a gender-balanced workplace - AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW

by Joseph Smith
Originally published: June 21, 2017
Publisher: TheAustralian.com.au

Of the places I have worked during my career, the best have been companies in which there was a gender-balanced workforce. Having similar numbers of male and female employees has a positive impact on everything from organisational culture to management style.

The reasons for this come down to basic human nature. In a single-sex dominated environment, power plays and politics are more likely to be evident. Even up the mix and the focus shifts more to outcomes where people instead rely on their capabilities and resourcefulness.

Overall, the atmosphere of gender-balanced companies makes them far better places in which to work. Individuals — men and women — tend to be recognised for their contribution and the value they bring to teams and the organisation as a whole.