#63 Addressing Gender Inequality in Business with Michelle Toner

The 360 Leadhership Podcast, Episode 63, 08 March 2023 by Lucy Gernon

Are you tired of working twice as hard for half the recognition and pay?

As the world progresses and businesses aim to cultivate a diverse and inclusive work environment, supporting women in their careers and maintaining discussions about workplace equality are essential for promoting equal pay and opportunities for all genders.

Join us in this episode of The Powerhouse Revolution Podcast as we delve into the ways companies can support women in the workplace and bridge the gender pay gap.

I am joined by Michelle Toner, the Corporate Communications and Sustainability Director for Eir to chat about equity and gender equality in the workplace. Michelle is doing fantastic work with her company in promoting workplace inclusion and diversity, so she is here to share how we can too.


Here Are 4 Ways to Support Women in the Workplace:


Removing Bias and Profiling

The first step to creating a supportive environment for women is to remove any kind of bias and profiling that may exist within the company. This can be done by highlighting the achievements and experiences of female leaders and showcasing a balanced representation of gender in the company’s public profile.

Flexible Working Arrangements

One of the critical factors in supporting women in the workplace is to offer good flexible working arrangements. Care giving tends to fall on women, be it for small children or elderly parents. By offering flexible working hours, companies can create an environment where women can balance their work and care giving responsibilities.

The pandemic has proven that flexible working arrangements are crucial for everyone. By allowing employees to choose the hours they work, companies can support both men and women in their care giving roles.

Paternity Leave

Another way to support women in the workplace is to offer paternity leave. This helps to create a culture where parenting is not seen as a solely female responsibility, and men can also take time off to support their families. This creates a supportive environment for women, allowing them to balance their work and home life.

Negotiating Salaries

Women tend not to negotiate their salaries in the same way that men do. This can lead to women accepting offers that do not reflect their worth. To help close the gap, it is important for companies to support women in negotiating their salaries and help them understand their worth. By standing firm on their offer, women can ensure that they receive a salary that reflects their abilities and the value they bring to the company.

Gender equality and diversity are important values that are being actively promoted in many businesses but there is still a long way to go. There are several ways companies can support women in the workplace and help close the gap. By removing bias and profiling, offering flexible working arrangements, promoting paternity leave, and supporting women in negotiating their salaries, companies can create an environment where women can thrive and succeed in their careers.

Here’s the episode at a glance:

[07:04] The REAL reason women don’t apply for certain roles

[08:00] The single most powerful hack you must know to remove unconscious bias when hiring

[14:40] 4 practical strategies to close the gender pay gap faster in the workplace

[19:53] The surprising reason women negotiate differently to men (hint: it’s not what you think)

I am SO grateful to have you in my community of women that empower, lift up and encourage each other. If you want to share the love, please rate my podcast or send this episode to another inspiring woman and together, we can help close the gender inequality gap in the workplace just a little more.

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