The Future For Women In Business
The Future for Women in Business
There is a feeling of optimism about the future for women in business. This revolves around an increasing compatibility between the sexes in the workplace, rather than the unrealistic expectation that male and female managers will ever be equal in numbers. The domestic factor of female employees with families is the main reason for this although family-friendly' employment policies are gaining some ground. It is also significant that more and more women are either setting up their own small businesses, or becoming self-employed, as an alternative to having to fit into a corporate culture which is, for many, an alien way of working.
Demographic pressures and trends, education, male views of sharing family responsibilities, among other issues are all building towards a peak that suggests we are on the brink of a fundamental change in the role women will play in the world of management. Women must prepare themselves to make full use of these changes and the consequent opportunities to take their appropriate places as directors and managers. They will introduce female perspectives and behaviours to complement those currently held in traditional, male-dominated organizations and bring a much-needed balance to the corporate world, thus enabling it to be more successful in its competitive environment.
Women are now in a position to excel as they grow in confidence and begin to understand the benefits of diversity in the workplace. As one manager says, 'All successful women need to share their experiences - tips on success, motivation and confidence, as well as revealing failures - so all women will see it is not an easy ladder to climb'. They will, however, see that it is possible to climb that ladder.