Gender equity within an organisation makes good business sense and benefits all employees – both women and men. Diverse and inclusive organisations show greater staff retention, better performance and faster growth. They are able to recruit from a wider pool of potential employees, have improved employee mental health outcomes and tend to have better reputations within the community.
Increasing the participation of women in the Tasmanian forest industry requires change – at the organisational and at the individual level. These changes might be big or small, occasional or consistent, and might be targeted or across the board. Leadership within an organisation is key to gender equality, along with inclusive recruitment practices.
Tradeswomen Australia’s Workforce Diversity Project provides free diversity and inclusion training and resources for Tasmanian forest industry workplace leaders and supervisors. Find out how to participate in this project here.