HR professionals say their organizations still snub women

December 7, 2017

The glass ceiling still exists, according to human resources professionals. In fact, just 28% of HR leaders are satisfied with their organization’s ability to elevate women into leadership positions according to the HR People + Strategy (HRPS) and Lee Hecht Harrison Elevating Women in Leadership survey report, released on November 30.

This is troubling, because 82% of those surveyed believe that advancing women in their respective organizations is a critical business issue.

The researchers—who contacted 230 senior human resources executives and leaders for the report—identified key behaviors that advance women in business; among them:

  • Creating opportunities to network informally that are inclusive of interests and schedules;
  • Giving female exposure and profiles to senior leaders and decision-makers;
  • Providing coaching and feedback that builds business acumen; and
  • Having career and coaching conversations that challenge negative self-perceptions.

“Gender diversity at the top is an important issue to our executive HR members,” said Lisa Connell, executive director of HRPS, the executive network of the Society for Human Resource Management. “The research not only shows the challenges that organizations are facing with this issue, but gives companies the tools to audit themselves and provides realistic solutions to begin addressing it.”

Research contact: Kate.Kennedy@shrm.org

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