It is the first work day of September, which means it is officially the end of ‘Woman’s Month’. However, I hope this does not mean that questions around how we can best maximise the benefits that the women inside our businesses bring to the workplace have been put back on the shelf. All too often I talk about the importance of women being at work and decision-makers say we are aware of this but we have not really done anything (yet) about how we are going to accommodate and nurture women so that their career paths are not interrupted by their domestic responsibilities. Whether we like it or not women still take on the majority of domestic responsibilities in South African homes. This is not to say that men to not pull their weight, because they do. Certainly the statistics have changed around how many hours men used to put in to running homes and children’s lives, but women still spend more effort ‘splitting their time’. Women who want to balance having children and climbing the corporate ladder still get their careers interrupted and my question is how is corporate South Africa planning on accommodating this, considering we do not want to see valuable female talent being lost mid-way through their careers?
I contributed to a number of interviews with News24 through out the month of August. News24 were highlighting women, and the role they play in business. I invite you to go to their website and see what I have to say on a number of topics regarding women at work.
The first is a topic very close to my heart and is where all conversations to do with people (and female) development inside any business should begin; and that is with self-esteem. TomorrowToday has an exceptional training program, which can help you build your talent’s self-esteem inside your organisation.
I also talk about what to think about around Women in Leadership into the future. If you are aware that women are playing an increasingly important role in the workplace because there are now more women in the workplace than there are men in terms of numbers and I wonder how this might impact your workplace and your changing consumers?
If you need help with what to do about these very important questions, please contact me on [email protected]