In general, change needs to be invested in, nurtured and stimulated by all parties involved – from financial companies to individuals who are either working in the field or looking to break into it. Here are our top 5 tips, based on our experience in the financial sector:
1. Aim at mirroring the diversity of the general population in your company
When working with the general public (and not only), it is important that your company is representative of the diversity that’s out there.
2. Consider the whole picture
The perspective taken on gender diversity needs to be broadened. Most of the time, diversity guidelines and definitions only focus on top management and board positions – but looking at the diversity of the company as a whole will provide a better understanding of the current situation. If there is no awareness about what is still to be improved, we will never make further progress.
3. Build an inclusive company culture
With the help of a diversity & inclusion expert, set clear guidelines for your team and company as a whole. Awareness among your employees is essential. Everyone needs to then enact the guidelines in order to bring real, positive change.
4. Develop an inclusive hiring process
From interviews and assessments to possible gender biases, evaluate your hiring process and use feedback from applicants to constantly improve.
5. Last, but not least: inclusive branding
Consider whether the vocabulary used in your job vacancies might attract more men than women. Think of tone of voice, pronouns, etc.
In order to play our part into breaking the gender diversity code, Female x Finance is focusing on helping young women who want to break into finance. Through their partners, they offer entry-level, junior job opportunities and through their activities and resources, they provide much needed female role models to inspire others. Because if you can’t see it, you can’t be it.
Want to be part of the change towards more gender diversity and inclusivity? Contact us to find out how we can work together.
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