Three Barriers Debias Audit

Dismantling barriers and disrupting gender biases

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Gender stereotypes and biases in organisations are often subtle and unconscious. Many workplaces inadvertently perpetuate outdated work norms that reinforce gender stereotypes, create an impossible double burden and disadvantage women. This means your female talent pool is being whittled down without you even being aware of it.

People processes, policies and systems may have been passed down for years without anyone looking critically at them and asking whether they are gender inclusive in their ability to attract, retain, promote and reward talent.

Organisations may not be aware of the simple, subtle and often quick changes they can make to their HR policies and practices that positively influence gender equality in the workforce.

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The Debias Audit provides a launchpad for serious gender equity transformation

The Debias Audit gives a clear view of hidden biases in the talent management lifecycle and clarifies where resources and effort should be allocated so that the greatest impact can be made in the short, medium and longer term.

This exercise demonstrates a clear commitment to identifying and addressing the less obvious, systemic barriers to gender equity, building credibility both inside and outside of the organisation. This is doubly powerful when coupled with the Three Barriers Diagnostic Survey of employees.

Having a clear plan of action, focused on the highest-impact barriers gives confidence and helps ensure engagement from leaders and other stakeholders across the organisations. This in turn helps build momentum. The Debias Audit is a powerful tool to help address the barriers that exist for women within the organisation.

A strategic approach to managing your organisational barriers

As identified in our Three Barriers model, women face disproportionate challenges to inclusion and the climb to senior positions. We offer a range of services to assist organisations in addressing these barriers.

Our Gender Equity Strategy Review provides an objective assessment of the effectiveness of your gender equity strategy, along with recommendations and support to your Exco.

The Three Barriers Debias Audit provides a detailed view of the biases that may be unconsciously embedded within policies and procedures.

This is complemented by our Three Barriers Diagnostic Survey, which pinpoints the barriers experienced by employees in different parts of the business.

Strategy Review

– How clear is your gender equity strategy?

Diagnostic Survey

– How does your employee experience vary by gender?

Debias Audit

– How gender inclusive are your policies and practices

Audit checklist

The Three Barriers Debias Audit provides a thorough review of processes, policies and culture to identify and disrupt gender biases in the talent management lifecycle:

• Job design

• Talent attraction

• Talent selection

• Onboarding

• Talent identification and performance management

• Promotion

• Development

• Reward

• Retention and engagement

• Separation and exit

• Culture and leadership

By examining policies and practices across all touchpoints of the employee lifecycle we identify bias and provide recommendations for improvement.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss our detailed audit criteria and engagement process.

ready to TACKLE BIAS?

Our Debias Audit is the perfect place to start