While steps are being made in the right direction in workplace equality, we have a tendency to congratulate ourselves and claim success too soon and risk a drop off in momentum and results.
As we enter 2015, we can look back at some exciting progress in workplace diversity and gender equity but we must maintain the focus as the situation is still far from satisfactory.
Around the world, as well as here in Australia, we have seen positive change in what are considered the accepted norms of employment and employee development.
I’m very excited about the possibilities for the year ahead. But I'm worried if we pop the champagne cork too soon, we will pull up well short of the finish line. There's still a lot to do. As Deb Owen recently wrote in the Huffington Post, women “...face a continuing tendency to be locked out of traditional leadership positions and continue to earn an average of three-quarters less than men even with the same education in the same occupation”, we find that the situation is as bad if not worse in Australia:
I really hope 2015 goes down in history as the turning point. We owe it to ourselves to make this a priority, step up the focus and accelerate the change.
What would you like your organisation to do this year and what role are you going to play?