Lessons From The World's Most Gender-Equal Countries
Posted July 2, 2019
In an effort to help both men and women better succeed in the workplace, the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland) have long been rewriting the rules of work by adopting more family-friendly policies, such as subsidized child care and paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers, as well it being common for companies to offer flexible schedules, work-from-home days and alternative working hours.
How has rewriting the rules of work paid off in terms of making equality a reality?
We know that gender equality isn’t just a social issue; it’s a business imperative. There is plenty of research showing the business case for equality, such as gender-diverse teams are more profitable and innovative; organizations that embrace female-specific issues have higher employee satisfaction and less staff turnover and companies that elevate women are more effective in all dimensions.