10 questions employers shouldn't be asking (& 10 questions they should be)

This morning I woke up to Cindy Gallop sharing a tweet with an email attachment of a talented and experienced woman venting her frustration at the sexist questions she was being asked in a series of interviews at an ad agency. 

This has inspired my own tweets-about the questions employers should really be asking themselves (in 280 characters or less).

1) Don’t ask whether a woman can juggle her career & family, ask yourself whether you are redesigning your jobs, are set-up for flexible working, know how to work with freelancers and whether fathers are taking their paternity leave.

2) Don’t ask whether a woman is good enough to be promoted, ask yourself whether you have the right processes in place to recognise, develop and reward female talent.

3) Don’t ask why you can’t find any women (pipeline problem), ask yourself why you continue to look in the same place, use the same channels, use the same recruiters and do what you have always done.

4) Don’t ask why women express themselves differently, ask yourself how you can become a better listener and gender bilingual.

5) Don’t ask why there are not enough experienced women to join company boards, ask yourself why your board is content with its blind spots (& potential corporate governance risks).

6) Don’t ask why women don’t feel welcome, ask yourself why sexual harassment is still ‘a norm’ in your business because most goes unreported.

7) Don’t ask why women feel undervalued, ask yourself why you pay women less and why your gender pay gap is at least 20% (more like 50%)-and the bonus gap is...? 

8) Don’t ask why women don’t present with more confidence or negotiate harder, ask yourself why you are walking away from trillions in undervalued markets and opportunities.

9) Don’t ask why women leave your business, ask yourself why you’re not fixing your culture problem.

10) Don’t ask why gender balance, diversity & inclusion is so hard, ask yourself how you can embed diversity & inclusion into the heart of who you are and what you do. Today. 

Jana Hlistova