Why Companies Should Make Workplaces Women-Friendly — Ezurike –
Nduneche Ezurike, Group Head of Strategic Brand Management and Communications, Polaris Bank Limited and Millennial Women in the Workplace Facilitator, said the fundamental issue regarding the employee market is the need to meet the pressing issues around the millennium.
Ezurike spoke at the event on the theme: “Millennial Women in the Workplace: Building Professional Resilience Post-Pandemic.”
The event, the fourth of its kind, took place on March 24 at Bankers House, Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Ezurike said there is a need to address intergenerational balance issues such as the issue of age and gender in the workplace.
He said: “The objective of the study is to determine the extent to which millennial women in the workplace believe their work environment allows for gender parity and inclusion.
“Identify pipeline barriers that prevent women from moving up the leadership ladder.
“Highlight key interventions forward-looking employers need to make to improve the inclusion of millennial women in the organization and post-pandemic.”
Ezurike revealed that because each generation has its own attitude and expectations or behaviors in the workplace, therefore it is necessary to understand how the workplace works, otherwise we will struggle to get the most out of it.
The workplace he reiterates is more of a public college.
He said, “Education is a social equalizer but the impact of education is still visible in the workplace in Nigeria as women are still controlled by many variables such as parents, culture, etc
“The survey shows that 22% of total female respondents listed rewards and unfair reward systems as their biggest barriers.
“The result is also reflected in the female millennial population, as 20% of them also indicated this.
“Lack of leadership support from other women in leadership positions was also noted as the second most prevalent issue across the board.
“For men there is equality 6% think the barriers to success are lack of adequate support from other women in leadership positions, while a further 6% think it’s is a bad organizational culture.”
Regarding the generational challenge of women in the workplace, the questions were designed to elicit answers from respondents that will uncover the biggest challenge facing millennial women in the workplace.
Ezurike noted that, based on the research, raising children and side hustle to supplement salaries to meet socio-economic challenges at home are the biggest challenges facing Nigerian millennial women in the place. of work.
He said: “Of the total population, 44% noted that raising children is the main challenge women face in the workplace, followed by the need for a side hustle to supplement their salary at 40% .
“However, millennial women responded slightly differently, with the majority (34%) noting that the need for a side hustle was more of a major challenge than the responsibility of raising children (40%) .”
Ezurike called on organizations to make their workplaces very woman-friendly, bearing in mind that women have a lot to offer, regardless of the barriers they face.
He said: “Workplace policies should move from work-life balance to work-life balance.
“This includes facilitating policies that give women a voice – improved rewards and salaries, leadership training, more supportive childcare policies, and gender-neutral policies.
“These are more sustainable than attempts to achieve inclusion and gender equity through legislation.