A toolkit to help employers recruit, retain and promote more women and bring them onto boards
It is now well-known that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women in the workforce. They face the crushing pressures of working from home in demanding professional jobs while juggling family obligations that tend to fall on their shoulders more than their male counterparts. They also dominated the sectors that had the pandemic impacted most significantly – retail, food services, health care etc.
In many cases, women are not only taking care of their children, but also elderly parents and relatives as well, and bearing the brunt of domestic responsibilities. Some have had no choice but to scale back in their jobs, reconsider advancement ambitions, or leave the workforce altogether. Others have excelled in the workplace, either in senior roles or as entrepreneurs. But that has come at a tremendous cost to their mental health and personal lives.
Women in business face barriers, including microaggression, burnout, pay inequity, discrimination, as well as a lack of mentors and allies.
All of these issues have broader economic implications, given the pandemic also laid bare a shortage of skilled labour in Canada. Even as some sectors were decimated, others boomed. Many companies are still struggling to hire the workers they need.
Significantly increasing the number of women in business and in senior leadership roles is vital to address this imbalance. Critical to this effort is tailoring upskilling and reskilling training to the realities of women’s needs and lifestyles, confronting discrimination and bias, and setting women up to succeed.
A concerted effort to champion women in Canadian business is not just about gender equality, it’s an economic issue. Companies with more women in executive teams are more likely to outperform on profitability, value creation, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement.
When women reach their full potential in the workplace, the whole economy grows and all Canadians reap the benefits. This playbook toolkit contains practical steps to help employers recruit, retain and promote more women into leadership positions and onto boards.
We’d like to thank Compass Rose for their collaboration on this effort.
There are four main areas to supporting women in the workplace and setting them up to succeed. The following table provides suggestions that companies of all sizes in Canada can adapt to their unique culture and circumstances, as well as resources to help you get started. It doesn’t matter where or how you start, the important thing is to start!
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Recruiting, retaining and promoting women
Getting more women into executive positions and boards
Building an inclusive workplace
Addressing well-being of women in the workplace
Are you a woman-owned company with opportunities for growth and expansion interested in a placement for a future global leader? St. Lawrence College and PARO can support you through a unique initiative. Such future global leaders bring human resources, accounting, social media, marketing, Excel, and strong interpersonal skills to compliment your business and objectives.
Come with a business problem in mind and St. Lawrence College can facilitate a 14-week student placement*. During their placement, the student will apply their skills to propose an innovative solution. It is up the employer to determine
Come to our virtual open house on Friday, May 6 at 10h00 to learn more about how you and your business can be part. PARO and St. Lawrence College will be present to answer your questions and give you information of our fall 2022 networking event between employers and students.
Register in advance for this meeting:
Opportunities for collaboration exist in Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 throughout Ontario.
*Placements do not require paying a salary to the student.
Please contact us for details.
Renée Gendron, MA
ParoBiz Project Coordinator – Eastern Ontario
PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise / PARO Centre pour l’Entreprise des Femmes
Cell phone: 343 543 8370
Wendy Whitehead (she/her), MAEd, CHRL
Coordinator – Business, Business Fundamentals, School of Business St. Lawrence College
100 Portsmouth Avenue
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 613-544-5400 x6744
Adam McGregor (He/Him)
Professor and Program Coordinator – School of Business, St. Lawrence College,
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 613-544-5400 x1631
Sources is a new business start up program and partnership between Niagara College and TD Bank.
This program will:
Register for the information session and receive the Zoom link 24 hours before the session
PARO’s supports women by meeting women where they’re at. Whether it’s your geographic area, or where you are on your business journey, PARO’s programs and services are designed to support you wherever you are!
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