Most ASX listed companies are investing significantly in gender diversity related programs but two key issues have been identified in our research.
Firstly, decision makers are often not able to identify accurately the needs of particular women or groups and they are not sure what effects the gender diversity programs will have. Our clients say they want to have a way of matching needs to programs that is robust and reliable.
Secondly, it is only possible to measure the effectiveness and outcomes of gender diversity programs once considerable time has passed. After a number of years, decision makers use trailing indicators such as retention rates and percentages of women in senior roles to evaluate results but they do not know if they could have achieved these goals sooner or more cost effectively.