“Only when employers become seriously involved in promoting womens career paths will a difference be made.”
MARIA NELSSON, PA STRATEGY EXPERT
5 March 2013
PA Consulting Group’s Maria Nelsson, strategy expert, has been quoted in Swedish daily newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad. Examining trends in gender equality in the workplace, the article refers to recent studies that suggest that, while 70 per cent of Swedish men say they are keen to become managers, only half of women hold the same ambition. At the same time, however, recent figures suggest that there has been a rise in the number of female managers in the private sector, particularly within small businesses.
The article then quotes some related comments that Maria Nelsson made in Svenska Dagbladet. Discussing how the male dominance of senior positions can be disrupted, she said: “Legislation on affirmative action and higher education can certainly help, but the effect will not be great. Only when employers become seriously involved in promoting women's career paths will a difference be made.“
Outlining ways in which employers can become more responsive to the needs and demands of younger female employees, Maria suggests that they should: “Focus on leadership rather than management. Stress values rather than rules. Emphasise work-life balance, shared leadership and delegation.”
Maria Nelsson is a strategy expert at PA Consulting Group
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