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Peer learning forum: COVID as a Disruptor to the Gender Journey

Nov 30
Date and time
Mon, 30 November  @  11:00  -  13:00
Price
Included in BITC Gender partnership
Location
Webinar United Kingdom
Audience
BITC members with a gender partnership, HR/people/talent management practitioners/managers, Diversity and inclusion practitioners/managers
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Audience

BITC members with a gender partnership, HR/people/talent management practitioners/managers and Diversity and inclusion practitioners/managers
Included in BITC Gender partnership

Mon, 30 November 2020  @  11:00  –  13:00

While we’ve made great progress in recent years, most workplaces have a long way to go to be truly gender equal. Women typically earn less, hold less senior roles, and have less power and influence at work. This is bad both for society – but also business; more diverse workplaces have been shown to perform better on a wide range of business critical indicators. Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) long established gender equality campaign, which includes the flagship Times Top 50 Employers for Women awards, works with members to help them take practical steps to address gender inequality at work. This peer learning forum will explore some of the key issues – and the support we offer around them.

During this forum, we will explore:

  • Women working: at the beginning of 2020 a record number of women were in work, but experts warn we might see a drop in numbers by the end of the year, with, for example, women more likely to volunteer for redundancy at this time. What can employers do to avoid this?
  • Women’s prospects: the shift to remote working has limited access to networking opportunies and  anecdotally we are hearing that women are losing confidence at this time. How can employers ensure COVID doesn’t mean a slow down in women’s careers and progress to the top?
  • The juggle: women shouldered the bulk of extra caring responsibilities during COVID; at the same time many employers are accelerating action around flexible working. What does the future hold for combining work and home life?

Hear from guest speakers, including:

  • Angie Price, Executive Development Manager at Associated British Foods.
  • Rebekah Brain, Society Engagement Manager at The Midcounties Co-operative.

Audience
Places are limited and will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Background
While we’ve made great progress in recent years, most workplaces have a long way to go to be truly gender equal. Women typically earn less, hold less senior roles, and have less power and influence at work. This is bad both for society – but also business; more diverse workplaces have been shown to perform better on business critical indicators. 

BITC’s long-established gender equality campaign, which includes the flagship Times Top 50 Employers for Women awards, works with members to help them take practical steps to address gender inequality at work.

Read more about BITC’s Gender agenda.

About peer learning forums
BITC’s peer learning forums provide a confidential environment to discuss common issues, good practice and solutions. There will be an emphasis on discussion and sharing experiences.

Contact details and further information
For more information, contact Ellie Jefford, Events Coordinator at BITC.

Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology. Details on how to join will be sent prior to the event.

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