IBM, through its Institute for Business Value (IBV) has recently conducted a study on the gender gap in companies, as there is a general lack of interest in promoting women at work.
The survey involved over 2300 professionals and executives allover the world, both men and women. First gender gap evidence: only 18% of the interviewed are women in management.
The factors driving gender gap can be grouped into several main aspects:
- According to the companies, this problem has no commercial value. In 79% of cases, therefore, gender equality was not assessed by executives;
- 65% of men are firmly convinced that they would have been in the same position even if they were women, even though women equal are less than 20%.
- In companies, there is no structured plan to balance gender differences. Rather, it is based on “neutral” approaches that do not consider equality.
In total opposition, there is a group of companies “First movers” strongly engaged in achieving gender equity in leadership roles. They are 12% of the total of interviewed and are motivated in implementing a concrete gender inclusion. For 100% of them, having women as managers is a corporate priority and they are constantly updated to promote gender equality. Moreover, these organizations believe that greater inclusion leads to better financial results.
If companies want to fill their gender gaps, equality must become a priority in the business plan, with KPIs (Key Performance indicators) defined for concrete objectives. Equity has to be promoted at every stage, from recruiting to remuneration, and to concrete and fair chances of promotion. Most important, managers have to be directly responsible as, if they are not directly involved, there is no possibility of a concrete change.