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How can employee benefits help support inclusion?

By Naomi Saragoussi, Partner

On this International Women’s Day, EBC LLP believe that women are crucial to the workplace as their diverse perspectives, experiences and ideas can lead to better problem-solving and more effective strategies.  Research has shown that gender-diverse teams tend to perform better and achieve higher levels of productivity and profitability. Women’s contributions to teams can lead to more effective collaboration, increased motivation, and better overall performance.

Increasing the representation of women in leadership positions can lead to more inclusive and effective decision-making processes. Women leaders often bring different leadership styles, communication skills, and approaches to problem-solving, which can contribute to organisational success.

Creating a workplace that is inclusive and supportive of women can lead to higher levels of employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention. When women feel valued, respected, and empowered in the workplace, they are more likely to contribute their best work and remain committed to the organisation.

Forging women’s economic empowerment and supporting them through the employee benefit offering can support women’s position in the workplace, and therefore assist in the overall growth and prosperity of an organisation:

  • Equal pay and compensation
  • Flexible work arrangements – remote work options, flexible hours and job sharing are examples.
  • Parental Leave and Childcare Support – offering generous parental leave policies that support both mothers and fathers in balancing work and family responsibilities.
  • Health and Wellness Benefits – Provide comprehensive health coverage that includes services such as reproductive health care, maternity care, menopause support and mental health support. Offer wellness programmes and resources to help women maintain their physical and mental well-being.
  • Financial Education and Planning – Offer financial literacy programmes and resources to help women build financial literacy skills, manage debt, save for the future, and plan for retirement.
  • Advocacy and Community Engagement – Companies should be seen to advocate for policies and initiatives that support women’s economic empowerment at the local, national, and international levels.

By implementing some or all the above strategies, organisations can demonstrate their commitment to supporting women’s economic empowerment and creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace for all employees.

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