Get Men Involved
How can companies involve and support men as they step up to the challenge of creating inclusive leadership?
Men are an often untapped—yet critical—resource in diversity & inclusion (D&I) efforts aimed at eliminating gender bias. Regrettably, by focusing exclusively on women, many companies have unwittingly alienated men, inadvertently jeopardizing the success of their gender initiatives. Without the avid support of men, who are arguably the most powerful group of stakeholders in most large corporations, significant progress toward ending gender disparities is unlikely.
The Importance of Men as Gender Champions
To accelerate change, we need to stop treating gender issues as women’s burden. Organizations need to enable women and men to make behavioral changes, enlisting them to work together as allies in changing the corporate norms and structures that perpetuate gender gaps. Below are several tools that can help initiate change in your organization.
First Step: Engaging Men includes a look at many issues including male privilege, leadership, and gender bias, as well as ways organizations and individuals can make change.
Engaging Men in Gender Diversity Initiatives identifies three barriers that can undermine men’s support for gender initiatives and need to be addressed to motivate men to action.
Acting on just 10 of the behaviors in Actions Men Can Take to Create an Inclusive Workplace—the ones that you feel most able to take action on—can make a difference in your workplace.
By engaging men in creating more equal workplaces, we're creating better leaders, stronger businesses and more fulfilling lives for both women and men.
What Change Agents Need to Know
Before individuals will help right an inequality, they must first recognize that the inequality exists. Engaging Men In Gender Initiatives: What Change Agents Need To Know reveals the three key factors that predicted men's awareness of gender bias, as well as the one trait that separates the gender champions from the rest.
Stacking the Deck for Success
What influences men’s interest in diversity and inclusion training? Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives: Stacking the Deck for Success dives into the four most important factors that inspire men to seek the skills they need to become effective change agents for gender equality at work.
Dialogue is Essential for Inclusion
In this real-world example, Anatomy of Change: How Inclusive Cultures Evolve, shows how getting men involved and getting all employees talking more honestly about their differences leads to candid, respectful communication. This is the foundation for building a more inclusive workplace and achieving concrete change.
Through in-depth focus groups, this report identifies the critical factors necessary for creating inclusive organizations, where guys get more involved and employees can talk more honestly about their differences.
Training Can Help Create Inclusive Workplaces
Calling All White Men: Can Training Help Create Inclusive Workplaces? shows that the effects can be transformative. Participants not only became much more accepting of white male privilege, but also showed improvement in building relationships across difference.
Hear from Change Agents
"I know it's good business and I know it's just the right thing to do." Not just for your company, but for the world we live in. Watch Lee Tschanz, Vice President, North American Sales, Rockwell Automation, discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in this video.
Then watch the entire series of executive voices to hear other real-life examples