Men in major business sectors still appear oblivious to subconscious sexism and other forms of prejudice in the workplace, as per a report released by an independent group.
As per leaders in major industries, they have promised to take greater steps in ensuring this behavior is managed in the workplace. According to Incitec Pivot’s James Fazzino, instances of sexism have been reported in the explosive and fertiliser company, however, they plan on making dramatic changes to leadership in order to avoid cases of subconscious sexism.
According to the study, conducted by Male Champions of Change, it appears prejudice and sexism in businesses and the workplace are still rampant in Australia. The study interviewed more than 6,000 workers in various industries, and explored topics on sexism such as insults in the form of “jokes,” stereotyping, devaluing women’s opinions, among others.
“It’s the type of undercurrent that stops women joining our business. It’s one of the reasons women leave,” Fazzino, chief executive of Incitec Pivot, told ABC.
He added that men in the business are starting to become more aware of the issue. Moves towards making a change right now are being made. For instance, Fazzino said their biggest high explosives site, their largest distribution centre, and their strategic engineering group are run by women.
Avoiding Sexism in Businesses, Workplace
They are also taking into account the impact of subconscious sexism and other forms of prejudice when it comes to career advancement, productivity, and employees.
Some advocates against sexism welcomed the move by Incitec Pivot and other industries. Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins explained that sexism has remained a pivotal issue not just in the workplace, but in individual careers as well. It can exist in systems, decisions, policies, and interactions inside and outside the workplace.
However, Jenkins said it shouldn’t be ignored that men, too, are subjected to these stereotypes. This is why she said there has to be no difference between how committed someone is to both their families and their careers.
“It doesn’t have to be the choice between the two. We know that careers and families can co-exist quite happily,” she said.