Granite Consulting, a recruitment service specialising in technology and business projects, invited NAWO Chair, Angela Tatlis, to present at a breakfast this month, on the topic: “Diversity – a business imperative for a modern age”.
Angela’s presentation touched on the fact that our workforce norms were largely designed in the days of telexes, typing pools and dinner on the table at 6pm, and discussed the new workforce ‘norms’ and what they mean for individuals, companies… and for our daughters/sisters/other significant women in our lives.
If women were categorised as a market globally the projected impact of the category growth (as producers, entrepreneurs, employees and consumers) to 2023 is as significant as that of China’s and India’s respective one-billion-plus populations (Ernst & Young, 2013).
Angela asked what this means when considering your organisation, your customers and their customers. Do women around you have influence equal to the 50% of the population they represent, or to the 70-80% of consumer spending they contribute to our economy?
“The IT profession and IT organisations really relate to all the same issues as operational business,” said Angela. “It proved, yet again, the commonality of the issue across sectors and the reason that NAWO keeps expanding ever more widely across sectors.”
“Whenever we present on gender diversity, the majority of people are surprised to learn just how much lower Australia’s workforce participation is for women, and the elusive ‘why?’. What is different here that makes it so much harder than in other western economies? “