Right out of the gate, let me say: At Brannon Professionals, we’re not at all naive to what men can uniquely bring to teams and a companies success. However, we also understand that an organization’s culture ultimately embodies the sum of all its parts.
Our experience with clients that turn to our agency for their staffing and recruiting has shown us that companies with few women on their teams give off a different vibe than those businesses comprised of a fair mix of both men and women. You needn’t look very far to find plenty of reasons why hiring women in the workplace is a smart decision. Recruiting and hiring decisions can be more informed than ever with a little background on the value of women in the workforce.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women account for nearly 47% of the workers in the United States. They work as teachers, as doctors, as human resource managers, and in countless other positions nationwide. Still, many industries and quite a few companies continue to have an overwhelming skew toward hiring more male employees than women. Unfortunately, these companies are missing out on the notable benefits that this type of diversity can bring to their day to day operations, especially when hiring women into more prominent roles.
Here are some primary benefits and key advantages that your business will experience when hiring more women to join your teams.
1. Women introduce different perspectives as a whole.
This is especially true when it comes to problem-solving. It’s true what they say about fresh eyes and fresh points of view. Bringing women into the workplace helps to diversify the environment with new ideas and suggestions for reaching core company goals. Problem-solving evolves to include numerous approaches for an even greater chance of success when business teams are more diverse.
2. Women can boost employee morale.
With more women in the workplace, you can create a more supportive environment and a higher level of team spirit across the board. Positive thinking becomes contagious and the whole culture of the company can be transformed for the greater good of every employee.
Most often, morale is mostly impacted by personality types, generational gaps, and the emotional intelligence level of the leaders or management. Women have a unique ability to transcend these obstacles.
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3. Women often take a positive approach even during difficult times.
Stress in the workplace can kick into overdrive at a moment’s notice. Women tend to have a fairly strong capacity for handling stress and difficult problems. Balancing corporate departments with more women in the workforce can truly improve the overall response to workplace stress.
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4. Hiring women always improves workplace diversity.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission supports federal laws enforcing against job discrimination. Bringing women on staff helps to round out a company’s staff and creates an effective working environment as long as the anti-discriminatory laws are followed.
5. Gender-diverse teams stronger levels of communication and collaboration.
Different personalities contribute to the overall workplace compatibility. Women often excel in communicating effectively. Moreover, teams working together on a project toward a common goal can reach greater success when effective collaborators partner up and share open communication.
6. Women can cause dynamic shifts in management.
While women fill far fewer management roles than men, they can absolutely change the trajectory of various teams and project outcomes when placed in leadership roles. The maternal nature of a female leader can offer a nurturing environment to develop staff members into rockstar employees.
These are just a few of the key benefits of bringing more female employees on board. Recent research by GALLUP shows that gender diversity in the retail and hospitality industries results in 14% and 19% increased revenue, respectively, compared to business units comprising less diversity. A stronger bottom line is quite a compelling reason to diversify the company’s roster.
Female employees can relate to female customers as well, readily perceiving their pains as well as their wants and needs. Many female workers are also single moms, working hard to support a family largely on their own behalf. Hiring women into the business can be a mutually beneficial decision that supports both the company and the employee’s family for a long time to come.
How can you take action?
When it comes time to add new staff members to the company, consider hiring a few females who meet or exceed the job qualifications. You will soon see the benefits of females in business playing out day by day. By embracing a more diverse corporate culture, your company has nothing to lose and so much to gain.