Organizational policies that help retain women benefit everyone in the workplace, not just women. So it’s up to leaders across the organization to ensure that the business culture reflects a commitment to diversity. Leaders and managers must promote a culture of zero tolerance for unsupportive and malevolent behavior. Failure to hold individuals accountable can quickly erode any organization’s culture.
Carlos Santiago, CEO of the Hispanic College Fund, says organizations, inherently vulnerable to external trends, must allow internal employees the flexibility to learn new skills. The organization should actively facilitate this learning, so that both the business and the individual worker can grow.
Dr. Mark Mone, Associate Dean of Executive Program at the Lubar School of Business of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, shares his strategy for creating a business culture that can retain critical employees.
What strategies have worked in your organization? How do you know they have worked?