Addressing office “boy’s clubs”: How to create an inclusive company culture

by | Nov 19, 2022 | Technology

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The rules of the workplace were written over 100 years ago by men for men. Today, we still see a “boy’s club” mentality throughout every industry.

In fact, a recent Harvard study shows that male employees are promoted faster than their female counterparts while under male managers. Conversely, the study found that under female managers, all genders receive equal promotional treatment.

Researchers predict that about 40% of the gender pay gap would be expunged if male-to-male promotion advantages were eliminated. But eliminating boy’s-club toxicity isn’t going to happen overnight. 

So how does a company change its culture? 

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Let’s explore what it takes for a company to make a cultural shift toward more equality in the workplace.

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