Women in frontline roles need more support: report

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New York — Women in frontline jobs say their safety and well-being needs often go unacknowledged, according to a recently published report.

In collaboration with professional services company Accenture, Catalyst – a global nonprofit that promotes gender equity and workplace inclusion – interviewed and conducted a diary study of 72 women in frontline roles and their direct managers. All worked in the U.S. manufacturing, accommodations and food service, and retail industries.

The report shows that the women believe:

  • Rigid scheduling policies and practices often overlook or ignore the needs of women, who are disproportionately responsible for caregiving.
  • Advancement pathways aren’t always clear or accessible.
  • Direct managers need to be allowed to make team-level decisions guided by empathy.

The report concludes that employers should invest in women’s physical well-being, adopt employee-centered scheduling practices, create and clarify growth opportunities, and enable managers to lead empathetically.

“Women in frontline roles are essential to the daily operations of many of the world’s largest companies,” Catalyst President and CEO Lorraine Hariton said in a press release. “They were disproportionately affected by the (COVID-19) pandemic and still feel its effects.”


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Original article published by Safety+Health an NSC publication

Women in safety face six common career challenges, researcher says

Sarah McCraren Safety Officer

Bowling Green, KY — Leadership training and organizational support may help bolster the well-being and careers of women in safety leadership positions, according to a researcher from Western Kentucky University.

Jacqueline Basham, a WKU instructor and associate safety professional, interviewed 15 female safety leaders to find out what career challenges they face and identify potential interventions that could be used to increase the number of females working in the industry.

She found six common barriers:

  1. Work hours and travel required
  2. Lack of formal education in safety before career began
  3. Low number of women in the industry
  4. Frequently having authority questioned on the job
  5. The notion that the industry is not for women
  6. Being perceived as young and inexperienced augmenting feelings of frustration around the job

As for the employer interventions that could help alleviate these barriers and create opportunities for more women in the field, Basham lists three:

  1. Offer resources related to child care and maternity leave, financial support, and scheduling flexibility
  2. Provide leadership training, along with training on specific occupational safety and health topics
  3. Establish support mechanisms, such as mentorship programs, and support from upper management and safety teams

“It’s important that workers know they are represented,” Basham said in a press release. “With almost half of the workforce being women, it is important that they feel represented in safety and know their safety at work is important and acknowledged.”


McCraren Compliance offers a full range of safety and health training and consulting services. Plus we can help you incorporate well-being into your traditional systems in order to support the Total Worker Health of your workforce.

Call 888-758-4757, email info@mccrarencompliance.com or visit our website www.mccrarencompliance.com

Original article published by Safety+Health an NSC publication