Atlanta Daily World: close the gender gap to improve your bottom line.

August 17, 2018 Audra Jenkins

With a long history of influential women, Atlanta was the perfect location for a discussion about gender diversity and female empowerment, writes Audra Jenkins, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Randstad US.

It was here that Chief D&I officers from across the U.S. recently came together to talk about equality for women in the workplace.

Reflecting on the event, Jenkins explains that a lack of women in the C-suite and the gender wage gap are challenges that women continue to face, with local challenges setting the stage for a more in-depth national discussion.

When it comes to identifying solutions, HR technology can play a critical role in closing the gap. Cloud-based platforms and AI-powered recruitment technologies are helping employers access more diverse talent pools, as an example. These innovations can also minimize unconscious bias during sourcing, screening and hiring. Jenkins highlights that HR technology is especially effective when combined with earnest efforts toward equal compensation, formal career pathing and a diverse pipeline to the C-suite.

Randstad research shows that the majority of talent leaders realize there is bottom-line value to having women in leadership roles. On average, companies with the most diverse executive boards make 53 percent higher returns on equity.

Read the full article to learn more about diversity and inclusion strategies. Then take a look at the next emerging challenge for women at work in Jenkin’s recent white paper on “Women and Automation.”


About the Author

Audra Jenkins

As chief diversity and inclusion officer, Audra is responsible for working with Randstad’s U.S. operating companies to further diversity strategies both internally and externally to elevate the diversity mission for our customers and Randstad overall. In this role, Audra provides clients across the organization with guidance for effective strategies in diversity, inclusion, veterans and compliance. Audra also helps run Randstad’s Hire Hope program, designed by Randstad to provide career readiness training and job placement services to underserved and at-risk women, including survivors of exploitation and trafficking.

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