The Pace of Gender Diversity | Weekly Wrap-Up

Like me you may have seen the article in The Age or across your various news feeds claiming that statistically if your name is Andrew you are more likely to be or become a CEO. Those CEO’s typically studied in the STEM sector, Engineering or Commerce with a whopping 35% hailing from the Banking & Finance sector.  But if I look back over the last 5 years or so, similar articles appear recounting similar research only the names have changed, then the name of choice was ‘David’ or ‘John’ or ‘Steve’ or ‘Peter’ but not so much as a ‘Michael’, go figure?

The gender has not changed.

The message that we have all got is that less than 5.5% of CEO’s in Australia are female, and those that are have taken extraordinary steps to change their name like Andrea Myles, CEO of the China Millennial Project who found that by changing her name from Andrea to Andrew she was able to avoid sexist comments,  experience less push back on comments that she made on articles, received more connections online and was matched to people of a higher status. Who knew?

Another meme that appeared during the week, this time on LinkedIn, featuring a Jacinda (she-who-can-do-no-wrong), Ardern quote; “One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive enough or assertive enough, or somehow, because I’m empathetic, it means I am weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong”. Just read the long list of comments, one hilariously recounting when they were told that women won’t succeed in business because they are too ‘flowery”. It’s very entertaining.  To those Doubting Thomas’, look no further than any Mother if you want to see strength!!

At the end of the day the overwhelming truth is that we need more Andrea’s, Sally’s, Geraldine’s and Fiona’s in leadership roles. Research supports this and there are many articles detailing the evidence. Gender diversity placing women in leadership roles benefits an organisation. Thinking is certainly shifting but the pace of change is slow.

Until next week,

Susie Rogers

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A Word From The Temp Desk:

Last week we had HR roles hitting us left, right and centre and thankfully we had talented Temp Professionals waiting in the wings ready to go. We have great Temp Professionals always being filtered through our books and I have never had a complaint about a Temp’s work. Our Temp Professionals are some of the best and we go through all our processes and procedures to make sure all our Temps have the right experience, transferable skills and drive to be able to take on whatever role we throw their way.

When we look for new Temp Professionals to go on our books, they are required to go through the full process prior to being placed in a role. This process involves interviews, reference checks and testing to be eligible to be placed on our Active Temp List for any suitable roles that we get in. Prior to any of our Temp Professionals going into a role we also conduct a Police Check, we send them WorkPro Health and Safety modules to complete, we require them to get a Working with Children Check if need be and we also conduct OH&S checks at the location they will be working at.  All our processes and procedures are necessary to make sure we are providing organisations with the best Temp Professionals.

Due to being diligent with our processes and procedures we have great success in getting the right Temp Professional to fit into any role in any organisation. Our Temps are usually also over qualified or over skilled for the role that we place them in due to looking for change, travelling or just looking for stress free environments. This is a huge positive for organisations who are taking on our Temps because you are getting more for what you requested, we usually find that this also helps our Temps move to different roles within organisations as they have all sorts of transferrable skills.

A big thank you to all our hardworking Temps last week, keep up the great work!

Matilda Hubbard

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