Women are poorly represented at leadership and management levels in Australian workplaces. Progress towards gender equality has been extremely slow even though there are strong economic arguments underpinning the case for equality. This situation has understandably fuelled calls for mandatory quotas as impatience with employers failing to address this very important issue grows.
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency believes organisations who set voluntary targets are better able to set goals which are realistic and take into account their particular circumstances, as setting targets is already common business practice. Organisations should be given the opportunity to regulate themselves in this area and as such, the Agency has developed this target-setting tool to assist employers set voluntary targets within their organisation.
By utilising this tool, we believe businesses are well placed improve their gender performance and reap the well-documented rewards – attraction and retention of the best talent, better organisational performance and competitive advantage.
The below video is a presentation from Dr. Graeme Russell on how to use the gender target-setting tool.