In 2019, workplace gender diversity and inclusion retains its position as one of the critical business issues that still needs to be fully addressed. Although women make up nearly half of the workforce in the UK, they still predominantly find themselves relegated to entry-level roles rather than management positions, with significant challenges working their way up the management pipeline to achieve a prized boardroom seat.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the 30% Club and Russell Reynolds Associates, recently released a report calling on UK business leaders to take more proactive steps to address the gender imbalance in the executive leadership pipeline, following the release of the 2019 Hampton-Alexander Review report. The report includes five key recommendations for businesses:
● Sponsorship and mentoring must be part of a commitment to diversity driven from the top.
● Formal sponsorship programmes must form part of talent management programmes.
● Businesses must ensure sponsorship is embedded throughout the leadership layers.
● Sponsorship efforts should be combined with a culture of mentoring, so women are supported all the way to executive roles.
● Senior women and men should act as agents of change to back formal sponsorship.
To read the full report download it here.