Over one-third of women say managers don't address disrespectful behavior toward women. And that's your fault.

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Dec 04, 2017

    Heather R. Huhman writes, "Given the intense news events of the past few weeks, it's clear that gender inequality remains a major obstacle women for in the workplace.

    While many employers have tried to make improvements, change isn't coming fast enough. For this reason, Lean In and McKinsey & Company, in October, released the 2017 Women in the Workplace annual report to give leaders better insight into the problem.

    The report unveils one particularly interesting overlooked area: strategies for empowering managers to drive change. Many executives think that if they unveil a gender equality policy, improvement will naturally follow. But, the report's creators found that managers are failing in this area in multiple ways.

    Only 35 percent of women surveyed, for example, thought that their managers considered diverse candidates when filling positions. Even worse, only 34 percent said their company addresseed disrespectful behavior toward women.

    Of course, these percentages leave room for companies that are getting things right. Here's how some of them are helping managers be agents of positive change:

    Drill the message in.

    While senior leaders write the policies, managers make thousands of small decisions that impact these initiatives. They need to hear over and over why gender equality is important. That way, it becomes ingrained and a natural part of how they act."

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    Released: December 4, 2017, 9:32 am
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