Organisations need to focus on multiple ways to support women at all stages of their employment, says Deloitte’s CEO
Lots of Australian organisations have realised that gender equality is more than ‘a nice thing to have’ – it’s a business imperative, according to Deloitte Australia’s CEO Cindy Hook.
“At Deloitte, we view diversity and inclusion as central to our firm’s culture and our ability to tackle our clients’ most complex business problems,” said Hook
“Being an employer of choice for women is one of several important components required to grow and nurture our firm’s rich diversity. The more diverse our people and thinking are, the better positioned we are to take the lead in reinvigorating professional services. ”
Hook said that while targets are important and provide accountability, organisations need to focus on other ways to support women at all stages of their employment to ensure there is a healthy pipeline of female talent available when leadership positions arise.
“If we’re not supporting our women at important milestones in their career – such as removing bias from recruitment processes, or providing adequate support to help women re-enter the workplace after an extended career break– then how can we expect them to remain engaged and continue working for us, giving their personal best?” said Hook.
“It is this holistic approach that will strengthen and broaden our talent pipeline, while giving all women the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the workplace.”
Deloitte has recently announced a pilot 12-week “return to work” program aimed at assisting seasoned professionals who have had an extended break for any reason – such as parenthood – in coming back to work.
The company is also supporting staff who may be impacted by domestic and family abuse, which can be another challenge for women in the workplace and to their career progression.
To accelerate progress on gender equality within the firm, in 2016 Deloitte has: