One of us once worked in a situation in which we were told that the dress code for women didn’t include trousers. The `sting in the tail’ is that this wasn’t part of a business culture, it was a school, a place that has an obligation to promote equality, and, in the grand scheme of things, not that long ago. Seemingly, there aren’t such dress codes now. Yet gender stereotyping seemingly, from the Women and Work Commission’s report, hasn’t moved on in the same way.
How many times are there a headlines shouting out about the `need for more women’ as directors on leading companies’ boards, yet, allegedly, few have the experience to take on the roles. A Government Review is recommending that companies drive-up the numbers of women with top jobs in business and encourage diversity in an attempt to improve business performance generally.
Hear! Hear! But How?
Business culture should be all inclusive to anyone who is capable of being in business, or doing business, because business stereotyping is no less damaging than any type of stereotyping. There is no ‘normal’ business and there should be no ‘normal’ business people. Mutually beneficial, especially as the challenges in business are already sufficient, people capable of contributing to business ideas and business contribute to continued success.
Come on people, this is 2011 not 1120.