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Gender Divide

What is Gender Divide?

The gender divide refers to the differences in treating men and women in the workplace. It includes gender discrimination and inequality in terms of job opportunities, payments, benefits, progressions, etc. The gender divide in the workplace can be the difference between the percentage of men and women working or their salary gaps.

Example of the gender divide in workplaces:

  • One of the popular companies had openings for on-field sales executives.
  • Both males and females applied for the same position.
  • There were 3 vacant positions. All males and females were interviewed.
  • Female candidates were questioned whether they could handle the stress of the on-field sale.
  • For all 3 vacant positions, male candidates were selected though the females were capable.
  • This signified the gender divide over the job roles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the effects of the gender divide on organizational culture?

Inequality based on gender is a complex issue for the organization. When the employees are treated unequal and not given exposure to opportunities equally, it results in the downfall of the company as a whole. Some of the negative effects are:

  • Discouraged and unsatisfied employees.
  • The downfall of employees' performance.
  • Companies' growth is hindered.
  • Negative word of mouth.

How can an organization prevent the gender divide?

The ways in which organizations can practice gender equality are:

  • Be neutral in the recruitment process.
  • Offer equal pay to both males and females.
  • Set a clear discrimination policy.
  • Provide equal changes for women to work in senior roles.

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