This morning at the BIFM Northern Region/Women In FM breakfast event, we touched on the issue of women on boards. Evidence seems to show that diversity at senior levels of an organisation has a high correlation with commercial success.
In my view, a cold hard financial business case is likely to speak much more effectively than targets and quotas. But that still leaves the challenge of how to get that message across, particularly if it's a message the board doesn't want to hear.
We talked about Enron, we talked about the banks. And we could have equally talked about academia, or the church, or the automotive sector.
This article takes a clear, cold look at the higher education sector. Food for thought.
There has been a flurry of press interest about the plight of women in the workplace recently, highlighting issues such as the lack of women on boards, the gender pay gap and the dearth of female leaders. Women reading this article may think “Oh no, not another piece portraying us as victims”, while the men may be suffering from neck ache – from lowering their heads in shame. But it is surprising that in 2015 women are still so under-represented at the top of all kinds of hierarchies, be it in corporations, universities or the public sector.