How 'Culture Makers' can foster a workplace culture of equality for all
Powerful. Accepted. Valued. Empowered.
Just some of the ways a culture of equality makes people feel.
But the reality is that when it comes to workplace culture, there is a large gap between what leaders think is going on and what employees say is happening on the ground.
Our Getting to Equal 2020 research, based on a survey of 30,000 professionals and more than 1,700 senior executives in 28 countries, dives deeply into the workplace culture perception gap.
It's an important reality check for leaders that their commitment to equality must be a serious one, where success depends on whether their people feel that effort is manifesting in the day to day.
A small group of leaders—we call them Culture Makers—are ahead of the curve. They have a "Say, Do, Drive" mentality—three ways to drive a more inclusive culture. And they are setting a new standard for our industries.
Making bold steps toward equality
"You can only have a culture of equality if you start with the belief that diversity matters," says Julie Sweet, Accenture CEO.
She points out that Accenture is following a clear road map, involving bold leadership, comprehensive action and an empowering environment.
Our commitment to build an inclusive workforce is stronger than ever. We've set bold goals that support women to advance and thrive, and our aim to achieve a gender-balanced workforce by 2025 will hold us accountable.
We're putting that into practice through our strong mentoring program to ensure our people are supported at every stage of their career, as well as offering flexible working arrangements, including job-shares and part-time work schedules, to meet our people where they are at all stages of life.
We're proud of what we have achieved—but we also know this is a journey, and we have not yet reached our destination of equality. There is still work to be done, but together with our own Culture Makers, we will accelerate our progress and unlock a new potential for our people and our clients.
Become a Culture Maker and do work that makes a difference, every day. Find your fit at Accenture.
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