6 Practices that Enhance Workplace Experiences for Women in Australia

VALENTINA LWIN-BAILEY

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Valentina Lwin Bailey

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In today’s evolving Australian workplace landscape, we are witnessing a gradual transformation toward gender equity, yet reports still highlight disparities, underscoring the need for transformative action. Great Place To Work takes pride in assessing and spotlighting organisations committed to creating an equitable environment for women in the workplace.

Our recent evaluation of Australian workplaces has unveiled a cadre of organisations dedicated to national gender inclusivity. Together, we’re fostering an inclusive workplace where all employees, regardless of gender, can feel safe, seen and heard.

The Best Workplaces™ for Women List 2023 celebrates organisations dedicated to fostering equity, ensuring women feel respected and valued. This recognition marks a significant step forward, signifying progress in creating an inclusive working environment. It also serves as a source of inspiration for other organisations to drive further progress in gender equality.

 

So, what sets these organisations apart?

1. Gender Balance Is a Priority

These companies set targets for gender-balanced representation at all levels, with most striving for 50% female representation within management teams and keeps a close eye on attrition rates among women. Initiatives focus on women in leadership, encompassing senior roles, partner levels as well as committee and board appointments.

2. Fair and Inclusive Metrics

The companies prioritise equity and inclusion in employee touchpoints such as hiring, promotions, and compensation. Gender-neutral job descriptions and balanced selection panels ensure fair recruitment. They have structures and systems are in place to monitor and eliminate promotion bias, to facilitate fair promotion of women.

3. Close the Gender Pay Gap

Salary benchmarking and gender pay gap reviews are conducted annually, and openly publishing the findings foster transparent discussions to rectify disparities and ensure fair salaries. Companies also formalise this is with annual submission on pay equity to agencies such as Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

4. Value Women’s Experience

The Best Workplaces for Women have Business Resource Groups (BRGs) or Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that focus on supporting women, providing a platform for sharing experiences, driving equality, promoting fair opportunities for success, and championing gender diversity.

5. Address Gender-Based Domestic Violence

Further to government mandated Family and Domestic Abuse leave, these companies offer added support for victims, including extended leave, counselling, and temporary housing. Some go beyond by leading community education and awareness programs, employee groups-led programs such as building long term housing for women and families who have suffered from domestic and family abuse; and help transition women from welfare to the workforce.

6. Building Aspiration in Young Women

Companies foster aspirations for girls and young women by involving primary and high school students, motivating their future participation in the workforce. This includes increased efforts from companies in traditionally male-dominated sectors like technology, engineering, construction, warehousing, and logistics. Programs targeting the aspirations and leadership development of girls and women include career guidance and mapping sessions, mentoring, school-based traineeships/apprenticeships, and opportunities such as summer jobs or work experience placements.

The journey toward gender equality in the workplace is ongoing. By learning from these leading practices, other organisations can join the movement, fostering a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse professional landscape for all.

For a company to be recognised as a Best Workplace for Women™, a minimum of 100 employees with at least 50 women is required. Evaluation is based on female representation in the workforce, management, and workplace experience through the Trust Index survey.

To view the full list visit: Australia’s Best Workplaces™ for Women 2024 – Great Place To Work Australia

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VALENTINA LWIN-BAILEY

Valentina brings 25 years of experience in organisational development, people and culture, and teaching and training experience from across higher education, government and private sectors in Australia and Myanmar (Burma). In the past 15+ years, she has been focused on employee engagement, workplace culture, leadership development and strategic planning. Her recent HR leadership roles included heading up functional HR teams in large and complex organisations, including crisis management during the pandemic and political unrest. She exercises her passion for people development by teaching, mentoring and coaching young HR professionals in the areas of HR, management and career planning. Valentina is a strong advocate for full-person wellness, and achieves balance through yoga, outdoor activities, cooking and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2024 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All methodology. To determine the Best Workplaces in Technology list, Great Place To Work analyses the survey responses of tens of thousands of employees from Great Place To Work Certified™ companies in the technology industry.

Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

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These organisations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

  • Micro 10-29 Employees
  • Small 30-99 Employees
  • Medium 100-999 Employees
  • Large 1000+ Employees

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All methodology. To determine the Best Workplaces in Technology list, Great Place To Work analyses the survey responses of tens of thousands of employees from Great Place To Work Certified™ companies in the technology industry.

Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces for Women™ List Methodology

The Best Workplaces for Women™list is determined using Great Place To Work’sFor All™methodology to evaluate hundreds of Certified™Great Place To Work®organisations across Australia.   

Data is based on over 40,000 employee survey responses from women in Great Place To Work® Certified™ organisations across Australia. 

The survey 

The survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organisation’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. 

Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organisational data like size, location, industry, and the number of women in the workforce and management positions. 

Considerations 

Great Place To Work analysed the gender balance of each workplace, how it compares to each company’s industry, and patterns in representation as women rise from front-line positions to executive/C-suite roles. 
Survey data analysis and women’s representation figures are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience and opportunities for all women, regardless of their role or demographic background.   

Eligibility   

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™. Companies must also employ at least 50 women. We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, and investigate any employee reports of company in compliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

Please note this list is NOT ranked. 

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work, the global authority on workplace culture, determined the Best Workplaces™ Australia 2023 List by conducting annual workforce studies through our Trust Index Survey™ and Culture Management platform Emprising®, representing the voices of almost 50,000 employees across Australia.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organisation creates a great place to work For All™, meaning that the company empowers all individuals to reach their full human potential. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organisation, no matter who they are or what they do. We analyse these experiences relative to each organisation’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry and region. The remainder of the evaluation is an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of the company’s values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To ensure surveys truly represent all employees, we require enough people in each organisation to respond that results are accurate to a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

 

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These organisations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

For larger organisations with more than 100 employees, we also use our Culture Audit™ tool, asking organisations to share with us their practices, policies and programs to creating a great workplace For All™ and evaluating the approach they take.

Why do you say in one place your national list scoring is based on 85%/15% and in another place that it is 75%/25%?

We are explaining two different things:

1.  The criteria we evaluate

2.  Where the data comes from