Organizations that invest in staff engagement strategies realize stronger results because they create environments where employees thrive and can be their best. Absenteeism rates are lower, productivity rates are higher and performance levels are better. It only makes sense to provide staff with a clear expectation of their role, tools and resources to accomplish goals and development opportunities to continuously grow and develop.
Recruiting for gender parity in the deep field is one of my biggest challenges as Chief of the Recruitment Section for UN Field Missions writes Kristina Koch, guest blogger at Impactpool. In this article, she both shares her insights from a recent field study to learn more about how it is to be a woman working in the “Deep Field” and an ongoing innovative initiative to reach gender parity.
The UN is relaunching its Senior Women Talent Pipeline in an effort to increase the number of women in its peace operations, an intiative on line with the UN Secretary General's System-Wide Strategy on Gender Parity. Improving the gender balance in mission leadership is not only a laudable but also an essential measure if the Organization is to succeed in its ongoing efforts to develop more efficient and effective field missions for future global peace and stability.
More and more organizations are working strategically to reach gender parity at all levels in their organizations. How has this affected traditional search firms, if at all? The world is changing, but for some reason some things are more diffiucult to change. Does it have to be that way? At Impactpool we do not think so. In all our services we have a commitment to contributing to gender parity in International Organizations and when it comes to Executive Search, we break norms. Our slogan is "No women, No Fee".
According to research from private sector in the US, women are less likely to apply for a promotion until they are sure they have the experience needed for the role whereas men are more likely to apply earlier. As a recruiter you have to work much harder to ensure that qualified women are willing and interested to take a job compared to what it takes to get a typical male candidate onboard. When you on top of this add that the location of the job is in a hardship location this tends to make it even more complicated to attract women. The problems are known, but there are actually ways to improve the situation. In this article we provide tips how to reach gender parity at the UN and in International organizations
We believe that the quality of deployed talents would increase if they were assessed in “real” environments, facing “real” situations before taking up a role in field location. We also believe that the attrition rate would decrease if this was possible. Ten years back this was science fiction, but today we are there. We can assess and prepare talents for field environments from refugee camps, humanitarian crises to isolated, remote locations in a controlled and safe environment. Find out how we work!