Companies with gender balance are profitable ones

Triple Steelix has co-ordinated work to enhance the steel industry’s attractiveness and competitiveness; to find strategies for how managers and employees can work together to improve the gender equality situation in workplaces. 

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Above: Several lecturers participated in a workshop on guidelines for equal leadership. Photo: Mikael Hansson.

A workplace with gender balance becomes more creative, makes smarter decisions and also attracts the right employees.

“The way to achieve greater gender equality in workplaces means improvement in the treatment of individuals, our attitudes and standards. It involves offering employees the same preconditions and opportunities – regardless of gender,” says Tiina Ohlsson at Triple Steelix.

One vital prerequisite to enable companies to grow and strengthen their innovation and competitiveness is their ability to retain and recruit employees with the right knowledge and skills.

“Male dominated sectors are gender segregated in a way that often limits the supply of competence in a company – and its profitability,” says Tiina Ohlsson who adds that the steel and engineering industry is one such example.

Those sectors that are good at thinking outside the box, or indeed that adopt a gender equality perspective, will be able to handle the major challenges ahead as the global competition further intensifies, she is keen to point out.

Guidelines have been worked out

During 2017, Triple Steelix co-ordinated work to enhance the steel industry’s attractiveness and competitiveness; to find strategies for how managers and employees can work together to improve the gender equality situation in workplaces.

“Guidelines for gender equality in leadership have been drawn up by women within R&D, together with researchers from Nordwit. These guidelines relate to how managers at different levels can ensure that women’s competencies and potential are best utilised.”

The goal, according to Tina Ohlsson, is to find a leadership concept based on a long-term and strategic approach so as to secure the supply of competencies and ensure the steel industry is an attractive career option.

Triple Steelix intends to work further on “the steel industry’s attractive offer” through interactive research where companies, together with researchers from Dalarna University, work on issues such as job content, job satisfaction and working conditions within the relevant company.

A presentation of the above guidelines took place in connection with a workshop in March 2018. They are now ready for implementation in the companies.

Collaboration partners
• Nordwit and Uppsala University have been Triple Steelix’s collaboration partners up to and including the launch of the guidelines.
• During 2018 the work is continuing in collaboration with Dalarna University and the steel companies.

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