Talent Talk: Bring More Women into the Plastics Industry

With at the moment’s scarcity of proficient professionals in nearly each space of the financial system, the plastics trade should aggressively pursue options throughout a number of platforms. One such space is attracting extra girls into the trade, and retaining them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 information, US girls make up 47% of the total US workforce, however they symbolize simply over 29% in the manufacturing sector.

A bit of excellent news is that the share of girls in plastics manufacturing is over 33%, a bit higher than manufacturing generally and considerably larger than 10 years in the past. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless an space for large enchancment. Here are a number of concepts to get you pondering.

Start from the high. While it is very important have particular hiring, retention, mentoring, and inner promotion objectives, I additionally consider in case your present management consists of gender range — or if it doesn’t — that speaks loudly as to if it’s a company worth.

When recruiting feminine professionals, it is not uncommon for them to ask about the make-up of the management workforce, and after I can inform them that a few the VPs are girls, the odds of them being receptive to the alternative shoot approach up. If you might be working with an inner or exterior recruiter, it’s okay to allow them to know you’ll be notably concerned with speaking with candidates who would deliver gender (and minority) range to the firm.

Encourage the girls leaders in your organization to sponsor and mentor extra junior girls. Studies have proven that ladies don’t get as a lot crucial or useful suggestions in the office as males, for quite a lot of causes. Women are way more possible to offer that suggestions to feminine colleagues, filling the info hole they should enhance. This will assist to construct a pipeline of future feminine leaders.

Be conscious of potential gender bias in the hiring course of, reviewing resumes, and interviewing. The specifics are too many to get into right here, but when everybody can agree to rent primarily based strictly on the expertise, talent set, schooling, and skill to do the job, that could be a good begin.

Make certain your organization doesn’t take part in a system that pays girls much less for the identical place. Many states and cities have applied bans on asking about wage historical past particularly to finish these discriminatory practices, which we mentioned in a earlier column.

Consider family-friendly insurance policies and advantages, the place doable. Flexible work alternatives, childcare and eldercare assist, versatile spending accounts, and expanded parental depart (together with for nonbiological mother and father) are a number of choices that may assist each to draw and retain girls. Studies present most of these advantages produce other optimistic impacts, as properly, equivalent to rising worker engagement.


About the writer

Paul Sturgeon is CEO of KLA Industries, a nationwide search agency specializing in plastics, packaging, and polymer expertise. If you might have a subject you want to see mentioned, an organization that’s rising, or different concepts for this weblog, e-mail Sturgeon at [email protected].

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