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GLOBAL GENDER DIVERSITY
STANDOUT is a multi-sector division of the Manners Maclean Group that provides specialist Gender Diversity search & selection services.
STANDOUT offers proven solutions to very typical problems encountered in the effective reach, engagement and hiring of female executives from senior management to board level and partners businesses implementing diversity initiatives in functions and geographies where women are currently under-represented.
Typical Barriers to Achieving a Sustainable Gender Balance
INEFFICIENT HIRING STRATEGY
Strategies to address gender diversity in the workplace are hindered by difficulties in locating and engaging hard to reach external candidates. Traditional hiring methods do not yield strong enough results to make a difference.
Fewer women than men come forward in response to untargeted advertising. Men are more likely to readily present for internal opportunities. Women frequently rebuke the head-hunt/ talent acquisition approach unless in active search.
NEGATIVE PERCEPTION & UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
Perception & unconscious bias historically dictate that women are less likely to be sought out for senior roles, particularly if requiring travel, or based in challenging markets. Unconscious bias at interview impedes progress.
TOO FEW FEMALE MENTORS / SPONSORS - HIGH ATTRITION
Poor representation of women at senior levels contributes to difficulties in developing mid-level female talent. ‘Token’ women in leadership often elect to accept opportunities within more progressive organisations
20% F1000 Organisations Have No Structured Diversity Plans (SHRM)
40% Business Leaders Recorded as ‘Too Busy’ to Address Gender Imbalance (SHRM)
66% Greater ROE Recorded in F500 Organisations with Strong Board Level Diversity (GWR)
96% CEO Positions are Currently Held by Men at S&P 500 Companies
Almost All STANDOUT Community Members Believe That a Different Approach is Required to Successfully Address Gender Imbalance within their Current Organisations
A Five-Fold Increase in Female Hires Followed a ‘Blind Applications’ Process in Europe
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
- Sheryl Sandberg
“Women drive 70-80% of all consumer purchasing, through a combination of their buying power and influence… Research shows that companies with gender-balanced teams have a higher ROI.”
“Fortune does favor the bold and you’ll never know what you’re capable of it you don’t try.”
- Sheryl Sandberg
Achieving Global Diversity of Thought
Diversity of thought in senior leadership is critical to agility, adaptability and success in demographically diverse markets.
Achieving a gender diverse workforce ensures a wider range of perspectives and experiences, a broader vision, flexibility and openness to fresh ideas and continuous learning.
STANDOUT provides bespoke strategies and solutions for gender diverse talent acquisition, underpinning your plans for improved performances in a competitive world.