Since the first of nine kids, it is fair to say that having a sister in a year of me has provided 37 decades of ongoing insight and experience into interacting with women. That is something my sister hasn’t submitted to, her inherent self-esteem and optimism dismissed that kind of indoctrination. Happily, confident women like her have challenged this bias with their efforts and presence, reminding us of the need for justice and personal development to successfully achieve our collective potential. Sadly, not all men have been able to cultivate such support for equality, instead actively engaging in the sabotage of their own grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, nieces and daughters. In this article I will share three areas of insight and action that may allow for a greater collaboration between men and women in the workplace, encouraging a much needed culture of inclusion, diversity and equality.
Offering consistent respect is the first area of importance, one that needs to be considered a basic human right and a compulsory condition for any interaction. Regardless of one’s title, gender, religious adherence, sexual preference, socioeconomic or political location, such esteem allows for healthy boundaries of physical security and genuine intellectual and psychological consideration of another’s contribution. I’ve found it quite natural to extend this exact same amount of respect to everyone I’ve worked with (including naturally, women) and that this same amount of respect was reciprocated. As a result we were able to create a work-life culture that supported both our personal and professional happiness. Collaborative ideas were validated and easily implemented, production and sales goals were often exceeded and client retention was increased, all resulting in greater earnings and more financial rewards for ourselves. I began with this area of respect because I am absolutely convinced that having it current counteracts and simplifies many work related concerns.
The kind of fair and prioritized wisdom that values respect also leads to my next area, encouraging the acknowledgement of thoughts. This means more than just listening. The majority of us would agree that women are generally more verbally communicative; one important aspect of this is that they tend to share more with those whom they feel especially trusted and admired by. The reason why this is of great importance at work is because women are educated and active in many consumer actions with regularity on a scale that guys are not, letting them control a large degree of our gross domestic product. A brief visit to your regional shopping centre will attest to this obvious truth, while online retailers such as eBay and Amazon are predominantly geared towards girls. Given this, their creative input is a crucial source of potential information and innovation only made useful when it’s actually heard, affirmed and acted upon. Encouraging them to share their thoughts will produce benefit and a driven kind of unity when those ideas are acknowledged and integrated into production and methods.
Our willingness to celebrate and reward collaborative efforts equally is the third area to consider. This makes a cultural change recognizing and affirming the importance of men and women working together towards mutual targets. Up until recently the standard of inequality in the office ensured a competition between men and women that was rigged, offering a patronizing kind of encouragement that girls still have not seen rewarded consistently within their paychecks. As all of us recognize how our attempts are made meaningful, it is time to really highlight our successes based on the first two regions above and change those into changes that steadily reward women on an equal footing with men.
As technology advances, we are globally closer, leading to greater competition in the market. This also allows for conversation and information about innovation, success and justice to be shared publicly in a way that used to be more hidden, subverted and controlled. Online campaigns or reports may create a crippling boycott of a company with its head stuck in the sand regarding equality, whereas real success stories of companies that are embracing and visibly reaping the benefits of incorporating these three areas can create surges in growth for a business. A good example would be Chattanooga Animal Removal