Lack of help to get women into se­nior roles

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TWOin three Aus­tralian work­ers be­lieve or­gan­i­sa­tions do not do enough to help women into se­nior man­age­ment, a sur­vey by re­cruit­ing ex­perts Hays re­veals.

Re­gional di­rec­tor Lisa Morris says there is a need to pro­pel more women to se­nior man­age­ment ranks in most in­dus­tries.

‘‘From our ex­pe­ri­ence, we know that many women look for a new job be­cause of in­ad­e­quate ca­reer de­vel­op­ment and pro­gres­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties,’’ she says.

‘‘So a pro­gram to as­sist women into se­nior man­age­ment will not only ex­pand the pool of tal­ent in­ter­nally with lead­er­ship po­ten­tial but it can also help im­prove re­ten­tion rates.

‘‘Women are not only in the mi­nor­ity in tra­di­tion­ally male-dom­i­nated in­dus­tries, like trad­ing desks or on re­sources projects, they’re also un­der-rep­re­sented across the spec­trum of Aus­tralia’s se­nior man­age­ment work­force.’’

The sur­vey finds 64 per cent of more than 1100 peo­ple be­lieve or­gan­i­sa­tions could do more to help women reach the top, with the re­main­ing 36 per cent be­liev­ing they al­ready do enough.

Hays ad­vises or­gan­i­sa­tions to es­tab­lish steer­ing groups, men­tor­ships and coach­ing or net­work­ing pro­grams to al­low women to dis­cuss their ideas, plan their ca­reer paths, ac­cess ca­reer de­vel­op­ment and set­tle into new roles.

It says male and fe­male man­agers also need to be trained in the value of a di­verse work­force.

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