How to stop perpetuating the gender pay gap

Posted on August 23, 2019
By Catherine Heilemann

Upon reading an article from the New Zealand Herald here regarding the perpetuation of the gender pay gap, what stood out for me was the concept of institutional bias. Bias surrounds us.

When we are initially introduced to another person, we make an assessment of who we think they are based on a number of explicit and implicit indicators. The ability to be neutral and judge the person on what they actually bring to the table is a difficult task. Quotas certainly go some way towards challenging the situation.

Some organisations are taking a ‘don’t ask’ approach where recruiters avoid asking interviewees how much they are currently earning, working towards challenging stereotypes. That being said, institutional bias will still remain, and from what I know of how we humans operate with change, when there is a significant shift required it takes time. It takes a consistent and persistent approach.

Congratulations to Genesis Energy and Westpac NZ for chipping away at the norms with the gender pay debate and ensuring change is taking place.

The ’what are you earning’ question is the anchor to a salary negotiation. So, for anyone out there who is being asked this question the key is to make sure you know your worth, and anchor the negotiation in terms of that worth.

How to stop perpetuating the gender pay gap

Negotiating a better working life doesn’t begin and end with money

Negotiating a better working life doesn’t begin and end with money
Posted on March 29, 2019

Want a better working life but the chance of a raise or formal promotion are unlikely? Don’t despair! You can negotiate all kinds of workplace flexibility that makes for a better working environment. Curious? Check out the latest blog from the Salary Coach and see.

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Why do Australians struggle asking for promotions and raises?

Why do Australians struggle asking for promotions and raises?
Posted on April 5, 2019

Promotions and raises seem so easy to come by when you’re watching the latest legal drama, yet so many Australians struggle with asking for a new role. The Salary Coach investigates why we cringe when it comes to asking for our work dues.

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When good contract jobs go bad, where can you turn?

When good contract jobs go bad, where can you turn?
Posted on April 12, 2019

Leadership woes can be tough to navigate in a contract role. Let the Salary Coach take you through a scenario where is leadership is adrift and mistakes are made.

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Are you risking your future by not speaking up?

Are you risking your future by not speaking up?
Posted on April 19, 2019

The Salary Coach makes a case for workers to learn the art of salary negotiation to move from surviving to thriving in the workplace.

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