We’re excited to launch the Smart Inclusion series! To advocate for diversity outreach, recruiting, and hiring, we’re sitting down with our clients, vendor partners, and thought-leaders to discuss the trends, challenges, and solutions that employers can use to engage and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
Sylvia Dahlby, DE&I Champion at SmartSesarch, sat with Margarete Hester, Group HR Manager for Enterprise Holdings in the State of Hawai’i, to discuss women in the workplace as part of the Smart Inclusion series. Watch the conversation here or read more for the synopsis.
Over the last 24 months, we’ve seen a decrease in women’s representation in the workplace. In 2020, 59% of workers were women; however, the percentage of women in the workplace dropped to 57% in 2021. In addition, when looking at women in executive-level positions at Fortune 500 companies, only 8% percent of CEOs are women. Even though the concept of juggling work and home life is not new for the working woman, it is evident that women in the workplace struggle more today to balance the two due to the new working conditions created by COVID-19. Many women choose to come back to work part-time or not at all, making it harder to reach their goals to progress in their careers.
“It’s ok to sit back, observe, and watch the interactions between people and how they communicate with others; it will tell you how they connect and fit in,” says Margarete.
There are many takeaways from this conversation on how we can create a more diverse and inclusive environment for women, especially those struggling with work-life balance, those wanting to progress in their careers, or those coming back to the workplace. We hope you enjoyed the interview and be on the lookout for the next conversation in our Smart Inclusion series.