This International Women's Day, we interviewed some of our team asking them to share their thoughts on how we can #ChooseToChallenge.
We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
Meet Danielle Rainert, head of people and performance.
1. Which assumptions or preconceptions would you like to challenge about women at work in 2021?
Women are less ambitious than men and at some point, they will take time out to have children and therefore stall their careers.
2. What is one action companies can take to further balance their talent attraction strategies?
Standardise interview questions, base them on competencies and use gender neutral language when feeding back about candidates e.g women are seen as "bitchy or Diva like' in comparison to a similar man who is seen as 'direct and ambitious'
3. What is your top advice for making job descriptions more inclusive?
Use competencies and values to hire, not level of experience or skills
4. What can organisations do to shift pre-conceived conceptions about flexible working?
I think the work has now changed due to Covid, the preconceptions people had before the pandemic have very quickly had to change, people have either thrived or failed when working from home and it has nothing to do with gender, it’s been about attitude, drive and accountability.
5. How can organisations support their employees in raising awareness against bias?
Good group workshops on unconscious bias, delivered in a non-critical and non-judgemental style. Open forum for discussion.