Friday, September 29, 2017

Valuing, Supporting Women Leads to Engagement - BLOOMBERG NEWS

by Martin Berman-Grovine
Originally published: September 28, 2017

Women are as various as men when it comes to what motivates them on the job, but they sometimes face different obstacles that can undermine their level of engagement.

It’s vital that when a woman speaks up at work, “the people around her lift up what she says,” Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization for Women, told Bloomberg BNA. Managers can help by “calling out” behavior in meetings in which a man talks over a woman, or a woman makes a point that goes unacknowledged until a man repeats it a few minutes later as if it’s his own idea, she said.

What drives female engagement is opportunities to be successful,” according to Janine Yancey, president of San Francisco-based online workplace compliance training company Emtrain. “That can mean, for most women, ‘are my contributions going to be valued? Am I going to get promoted and paid the same as my male peers?’”