Covid-19 has "highlighted gender bias" and, as in many life situations, women come off worst, says measurement expert Dr Mariheca Otto of Motto Business Consulting.
Gender pay gaps globally indicate the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis on businesses and global supply chains are also gender biased. Women are among the first to find themselves jobless in a crisis. Many are the sole wage-earners in their families. Often they are single mothers with little savings and their day-to-day existence is threatened immediately.
When schools and day-care centres or nurseries are closed, or when older or extended family members become ill or need help, it is primarily women who are expected to stay at home as unpaid caregivers.
"The challenges are not just about gender, they are about under-representation and lack of empowerment of women. Women are missing from decision-making, problem-solving and influence across multiple industries throughout the world," she said. "Structures and relationships that exclude women from power must be altered."
To support the worldwide move for gender mainstreaming, re-calibrating the gender balance in organisations and accelerating the participation of women in the workplace, Motto has developed the Motto Gender Perception Tool which identifies workplace gender inequalities and sustainability, and maps out a route to overcoming these.
With hard data as a backdrop, the Motto Gender Perception Tool offers a personalised change development plan for each person, which includes a digital change coach, MC4C. The Motto Gender Perception Tool measures gender inclusion at corporate leadership level.
It has been found that diverse teams out-perform homogenic teams 2:1. This is because diverse teams have a wealth of different ideas and perspectives that culminate in better innovation and better understanding of potential markets.