So let me make this as loud and as clear as I possibly can: I do believe in gender diversity in any and all workplaces, so long as everyone can pull their weight. Being given a job simply because a workplace is seen to predominantly favor one gender over the other and it’s believed that diversity is needed is not a wise business practice. Being granted a job because your skill set and experience fit the job description, and because you’re deemed the best fit for the job whether you’re a man or a woman, is very acceptable. Some might disagree and say that this is a design of the patriarchy that has run the US and quite possibly the world for so long, but let’s examine that a bit closer, shall we?
Just remember there’s always room for discussion and even civil arguments, no matter if we agree or disagree.
The prospective employee needs to be able to handle the job they’re applying for.
As simply put as this is people still argue with it until they’re blue in the face. You don’t send a woman, or a man, that can barely lift half their own weight to be a laborer on a construction job, do you? You also wouldn’t send a high school dropout to run a Fortune 500 company simply because you need a man or a woman in that spot either. The point is that whether a man or a woman apply for the job, they need to have the qualifications and the experience to fill the gap. Simply hiring someone because the job site needs some diversity is a recipe for disaster no matter how much it might appease anyone else.
Diversity is great for just about any workplace.
Let’s go back to the construction site, as labor jobs versus executive-level jobs seems to be a good comparison. Women can in fact, and do, work in construction in various capacities. While you might not see an abundance of women in labor positions it is likely that you will see them in areas of management and other areas where the work might not be as gritty and hands-on, but it is still every bit as important. This is the same at the executive level, where women can find jobs ranging from secretaries to high-ranking executives depending on their education level and experience in their chosen field.
Diversity is in fact very advantageous in the workplace as men and women do tend to have different ways of looking at things that can compliment one another if their ideas are taken and woven together to form a working, cohesive plan that can help just about any business. Women bring a great deal to the table in any place of employment as they do have different ways of thinking and behaving in a work setting that can offset their coworkers in a very positive way and produce a much more efficient working environment. It’s not always as perfect as it sounds, but differing viewpoints tend to make for a much more dynamic and engaging workplace.
The hiring process has to be as impartial as possible.
This feels like beating a dead horse, but it’s still important to keep on saying it. There’s no more ‘boys club’ when it comes to the workplace, at least not when it comes to hiring the most qualified and experienced individual for the job. Workplaces that were once predominantly male are now becoming more diverse, but the effort still needs to be made to look over everyone’s qualifications and look past gender. The most qualified individual should be the one that gets the job, and not just because they are a man or a woman.
Any and all workplaces need to be populated by those with the drive, the knowledge, and the experience of how to make them thrive. Gender should rarely, if ever, be the deciding factor for any applicant. The person that is most qualified should be the one you depend on, be they man or woman.