Gender Bias is one of the key barriers facing women in the workplace, particularly upon their return from having children. Knowing what to look out for and learning ways to address it when it occurs, is the key to creating a more equal and balanced workplace.
In Australia, it is a statutory entitlement under the Fair Work Act that employees may access up to 10 paid Keep In Touch days whilst on primary carer’s leave, yet it is astounding that so few employees take them and many employers fail to communicate to their teams that this entitlement exists.
When an employee is preparing, undertaking or returning from parental leave, their line manager impacts how the employee feels about their organisation, themselves, and their ability to return to work confidently and effectively, perhaps more than anyone else.
As a member of the half of the human race that must work more, to earn less, it’s days like today that remind me we still have some way to go. Whether you agree with the way the stats are calculated or not, it is hard to deny that women still suffer a penalty in the workplace, just for, well, being women.