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It’s a Man’s World: How “Gender Neutral” Recruitment Approaches Fall Short

Within the field of talent recruitment and management, diversity and inclusivity are being prioritised more than ever. Gender is of particular concern to diversity and inclusivity, especially considering the barriers women face in seeking employment in male-dominated industries, and the large discrepancy between the number of male and female CEOs and directors in ASX companies. In a bid to address the lack of gender diversity in some industries and workplaces, recruiters are increasingly adopting “gender

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Book review: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

Ever been in a heated discussion with someone, where you’re trying desperately to explain gender inequality, and they’re just not getting it? Or even felt like things weren’t exactly equal, but couldn’t explain why? Cue: ‘Invisible Women’; the book that contains all the statistics (and highlights the data we are missing) you’ll ever need to understand and explain the gender gap. Through her work, Perez captures the insidious, systemic ways in which women struggle to

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Learning and Development Doesn’t Stop with COVID-19

COVID-19 is driving new flexible working arrangements within organisations as more employees begin to work from home for extended periods. These pressures are leading to fresh workplace challenges, obstacles and demands, which can result in key learning programs being put on the backburner. But not being able to meet face-to-face doesn’t mean that your organisation’s learning & development or diversity & inclusion agenda needs to stop as well. Instead, through leveraging the full potential of

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Aesthetic Labour in the Workplace: A Woman’s Burden

Picture this: you’re getting ready for work in the morning. You wake up, shower, put on your clothes, and… go. Sounds normal, right? Well, if you’re a woman working in the corporate sector, the story is a little different. Women face pressure to maintain their appearance and achieve a certain ‘look’ when it comes to gaining and keeping employment. This phenomenon is not new and has been hindering women in the pursuit of equality since

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How a simple act of inclusion saved BlueScope hundreds of thousands of dollars

Acts of real inclusion happen in the most unusual places. This one was on a Coke Ovens Battery, and it saved BlueScope thousands of dollars in costs each year. As David Bell, general manager of BlueScope’s Port Kembla operations tells it, the efforts of a manager to understand and act on the ideas of an engineer from a non-English speaking background has already produced documented savings of over $1million between their Baghouse and Oven Filling

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The Precarious Glass Cliff

So you’ve made it past the glass ceiling. But what of the glass cliff? Back in 2003 a Times article in London reported that top companies with women on their boards of directors experienced decreased annual share price compared to companies with boards with less, or even no women. Sounds suspicious? Michelle Ryan, Professor of social and organisational psychology at the University of Exeter, investigated and instead found the reverse – organisations that were already

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