It is not enough to have policies in place.
It is not enough to have diversity and inclusion policies in place. You need to send out clear messages to women that the business needs their talents and skills and that you want to help them realise their potential.
What you should do
- Let skilled women know the organisation values them, wants to develop them and, above all, doesn’t want to lose them.
- Recognise that women may feel uncertain about their place in largely male-dominated industries – especially on returning to work after a career break – and be unsure about what lies ahead.
- Follow words with action, for example through programmes that are tailored to the needs of women and offer practical tools to help develop leadership skills. Women may need specific encouragement