Many studies and reports have shown that balanced senior board teams lead to better corporate performance – yet there simply aren’t enough women at the top of the UK’s companies.
Women under representation deeper than the boardroom
What has become clear since 2011 is that the underlying problem of under-representation of women on boards goes deeper than board-level. Companies who simply comply with the recommendations of the Davies Report and only concentrate on putting women into the board room to make up the numbers are merely papering over the cracks. Having the token women on the board isn’t good enough.
Understanding the unconscious bias
The issue is so deep rooted in society and culture that even women can unconsciously carry the deeply embedded mind-set that we have less to offer and cannot match our male counterparts. Understanding diverse working practices is more complex than just adding females on the board, the topic needs to be widened further to help us understand the unconscious bias we have to different cultures, races, abilities as well as sexuality.
Diversity in the workforce and senior teams makes a company more flexible in its thinking and richer in terms of audience understanding and reach. However through years of conditioning and priming, prevalent even in today’s society, workforces are less than diverse on every level.
How to enhance equal working conditions
A more conscious effort into helping improve unconscious bias is needed. With an emphasis on educating the workforce in behaviours that encourages diverse teams and thinking, language and environments that help enhance equal working conditions for all.
Laughology can work with you to develop and embed a programme in your organisation to help encourage a more modern and ethical working environment that encourages diversity. We can deliver one-off workshops or a whole organisation approach to ensure you won’t be left behind and have an advantage over other organisations.
In a one-off session we will help you and your team:
- Understand conscious and unconscious bias and the impact on decision making
- Understand how we learn to think, act, behave and communicate
- Gain knowledge of system one and system two thinking and how to make more balanced fact based decisions
- Understand further the myths of male and female brain
- Know What makes you male/female (apart from the obvious)
- Gain insight into thinking styles and social intervention (nature V nurture)
- Have a greater knowledge into human behaviour and the mind