'Deeds, not words' needed to change workplace
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
Co-Chair, Logistics Sue Golden of The Mars Agency; NEW Regional
Leader of the
Year Dr. Angela Joyner of ConAgra Foods Inc.; and featured speaker
Leimon at the NEW Chicago event.
"Companies lose 50 percent
of qualified women leaders every five years,” Averil Leimon, founder and
director of White Water Group, told more than 180 leaders at the NEW Chicago
fall learning event, Oct. 15, 2015 at Hotel Allegro.
Women often leave jobs when
company values do not align with women's values, Leimon said, noting that women
and Millennials have similar workplace needs and preferences, but Millennials ask
for what they want, while older women are less likely to feel they can.
While women generally
dislike workplace politics, it is imperative to understand company culture and
related rules, she added.
Ways companies can support women's
careers and transform their corporate cultures:
leaders how to best engage women
behaviors that may alienate women
in-depth departure investigations
and women to work together for a modern and fair
workplace and society
Leimon shared the words of
suffragettes, emphasizing that "deeds, not words, are needed for
progress," and recommended the following strategies for women's leadership
technology for work-life alignment
Help men become
more aware of the uneven playing field
Drive a culture
change via recruitment
Companies sending large delegations
to the event include Costco, IRI Worldwide, Sears Holdings Corporation and Wm.
Wrigley Jr. Company.