The following blog is part of HRPA’s International Women’s Day (IWD) feature. This year’s IWD theme is Inspiring Inclusion. We asked HR experts to explore a few ways HR professionals and employers can create workplaces that include and empower women. Explore with HR expert, Lauren Canzius, how amplifying women’s voices can play a vital role in promoting the inclusion of women in the workplace. Read more about 5 Ways to Inspire [Women’s] Inclusion here.

By: Lauren Canzius, MIR, CMP, Educator. Speaker. Consultant

In today’s workplace, it is important for HR professionals and employers to create an environment where women’s voices are amplified and respected. Gender bias is still prevalent in many workplaces, and it’s our role as HR professionals to dismantle gender discrimination, and all forms of prejudice. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, here are some ways that HR can ensure that women’s voices are heard and valued in the workplace.

1. Foster a Culture of Respect:  Establishing a culture of inclusion and collaboration is key, and having a supportive atmosphere and policies that promote respect in the workplace is essential. 

2. Be intentional: Publicly endorse women’s ideas and give them credit. Organize initiatives that celebrate and highlight the contributions of women in the workplace. Establish formal mentorship, sponsorship, and allyship for women. 

3.  Build Awareness: Conduct unconscious bias training to help employees recognize and address any biases they may have.  Implement and measure psychological safety standards in the workplace.  Establish and support infinity groups for women.

Studies have shown that women generally get less airtime in group discussions, are often interrupted, or given less credit for their ideas. This form of gender bias is unfortunately amplified for women with intersecting identities, such as women of colour, women with disabilities, and those within the LGTBQ+ community. We have an opportunity to eliminate these experiences in the workplace. Let’s all do our part to advance equity, safety and respect within the industries and communities we serve.