The Best Ways to Eliminate Gender Bias in the Workplace



By Presto
4 Mar 2022


 

Bias is prevalent in our daily lives. Our brains are designed to categorise people and things in groups in order to make sense of our complex world. However, if left unchecked, this could cause us to have stereotypes and prejudices against groups of people, which will lead to more inequality in our world. In conjunction with International Women's Day 2022's #BreakTheBias campaign, let's take a look at some of the best ways we can adopt to eliminate gender bias in the workplace.
 

Identify gender bias language in your recruitment process



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We're all susceptible to unconscious biases and this applies to the words we use as well. For example, words like "headstrong", "challenge", and "logic" have been found to be masculine-coded, while words like "honest", "gentle", and "polite" are associated as being feminine-coded. By removing biased language in our job ads, we can improve women's chances of being hired and their application for a job they might otherwise not look twice at.


Provide training on unconscious bias to employees



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By helping employees to understand what unconscious bias is and how it affects their interactions with other people, it might help them to eliminate preconceived stereotypes and be more aware of their own biases.


Implement an anti-discrimination policy



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Every company needs a clear and stern anti-discrimination policy that ensures employees have a legitimate way to report on any inappropriate behaviour or treatment in their company. Harsh punishment should be implemented on anyone who discriminates and harasses other employees.


Provide flexible parental leave



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As of 1st January 2021, working Malaysian women in private sectors are entitled to 90 consecutive days of paid maternity leave. However, working Malaysian fathers in private sectors aren't entitled to any leaves at all. This only reinforces gender roles in the workplace AND at home as well. Companies in Malaysia should provide flexible parental leaves for both fathers and mothers if they want to be recognised as fair, equal companies.


Diversify the company's board and leaders




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By adopting more diverse members in leadership positions and encouraging people of all levels, genders, and races to have a voice at the table, you'll be getting more original ideas and different perspectives that'll be beneficial to your companies.

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