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Employment Equity: Three benefits of empowering women in the workplace

by , 07 March 2014
Laws like the Employment Equity Act encourage you to implement employment equity in the workplace. And empowering women in your workplace is one way of doing this. The benefits of doing this are huge...

What does it mean to empower women in the workplace?

According to Small Business Chron, the empowerment of women in the workforce means allowing them to have more control over their lives. It means giving them the freedom to make their own schedules, learn new skills and gain self-reliance.

Essentially, you create empowerment by recognising and utilising the strengths that women already bring to your company.

You must stop seeing women empowerment as an extra burden. That's the only way you'll reap the benefits it has to offer.

The benefits of empowering women in the workplace are as follows

#1: Gender equality

According to the Small Business Chron, the importance of gender equality is documented in 'The Business of Empowering Women,' a survey of 2,300 business executives.

The survey found the companies that focused their efforts on empowering women reported significant business benefits.

A third of the businesses surveyed reported that their investments in women resulted in increased profits and another third reported their investments were expected to grow in the short-term.

#2: Equal opportunity and non- discrimination

Research by the University of California suggests that allowing women more power and control in the workplace allows businesses to diversify decision-making, resulting in higher revenue.

You'll know very well that our Employment Equity Act as well as the constitution prohibits discrimination based on gender.

Providing equal opportunities to women in your workplace will help ensure you don't contravene the Act.

#3: Education and training

'The Economist estimated that, over the past 10 years, women in the workforce added more to the global economy than the country of China,' says Small Business Chron.

If you want to benefit from this valuable resource, Small Business Chron says UN Women recommends you provide equal access to company-supported education and vocational training programmes.

'You must encourage women to pursue non-traditional jobs and ensure that all employees have equal opportunities to get involved with mentoring programmes.'

There you have it. Look out for part two of this article. We'll give you additional benefits of empowering women in the workplace.

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