Helping Men and Women Get to Know Each Other Better at Work
Dr Jill Armstrong’s Collaborating With Men project aims to tackle everyday sexism in the workplace and lay the foundation for a more gender inclusive workplace. She believes men and women need to be working together more often if we’re ever going to see gender equality in the workplace.
In this 90-second video from the 2018 Happy Workplaces Conference, Jill offers some ideas for getting men and women to form more relaxed social interactions in the workplace.
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Men and women mentoring each other is one of Jill’s suggestions, walkabout Wednesdays is another.
“[Walkabout Wednesdays is] where people are charged with going to meet someone they don’t know and ideally somebody of the different gender also. So just being encouraged by the management to take a bit of time out and get to know people,” Jill says.
Jill also highlights Happy’s policy of people eating only in the social spaces. “Rather than eating at your desk, when you have your lunch, you actually talk to the people around you,” she says.
Jill’s ideas are all aimed at stimulating connections between people who don’t know each other or don’t necessarily feel comfortable with each other. “This, of course, is a point that applies to men and women but also people of different ages and backgrounds,” she says.
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