Ryde Business Forum hosted an enthusiastic gathering of members and guests yesterday (Thu 10 Aug) at the Gallup HR Leaders’ Lunch sponsored by Work Test | Online Assessments.

There was a real sense of anticipation as everyone gathered to hear Claire de Carteret, Regional Director of Gallup Business Learning Solutions, present the key findings and insights from Gallup’sWomen in the Workplace and a life well-lived’ report.

In a wide-ranging presentation, Claire began by discussing the key findings from the research and then stepped the audience through her top tips for creating a workplace culture that attracts, engages and retains a gender-diverse workforce.

What is ‘a Life Well-Lived’?

Claire described well-being as the convergence of our sense of purpose in what we do, the quality of our relationships, the security of our finances, the vibrancy of our physical health and the pride we have in our communities.

The five elements of well-being are:

  1. Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.
  2. Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life.
  3. Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.
  4. Financial: Managing economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
  5. Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.

Claire then set out a roadmap for success by outlining Gallup’s steps to attract, engage and retain a female workforce:

  1. Flexibility Performance management systems
  2. Build a culture of well being
  3. Performance management systems – outcomes focused
  4. Communicate and activate your values and mission to attract, retain and engage talent.
  5. Pay attention to strengths over stereotypes
  6. Hire, develop, reward great people managers
  7. Encourage people to know one another
  8. Make your workplace kid-friendly

The audience then fell silent (and got a little teary) as Claire closed her presentation with a powerful video by Accenture about the importance of a positive, inclusive work environment…’Inclusion Starts with I’.

The event concluded with a lively Q&A session that clearly highlighted that organisations that get this right have a significant competitive advantage.

Kate Haycock, Ashley Baldry, Claire de Carteret
L-R: Kate Haycock, Ashley Baldry, Claire de Carteret

The guest MC for the event, Kate Haycock, Managing Director of Optimiss commented, ‘Businesses that can get this right will become a magnet for female talent in the workforce…already we are seeing organisations here in Australia that are significantly increasing the numbers of senior women in their workforce by using the strategies that Claire describes.’

David Owens, MD of HR Partners, said that he ‘…really enjoyed the event…the presentation of Gallup research was done in a bright, positive and engaging way. Hats off to the MC Kate, speaker Claire and thanks to the sponsor, Work Test…a professional event and RBF have done a great job offering this kind of event to an HR audience, Bravo’.

Sandra Cormack, National Manager for Strategic Development at the Australian HR Institute, said it was ‘…an excellent presentation by Gallup, with an engaging and valuable Q&A component. Thanks to Work Test for sponsoring!’

As a long-standing RBF member, Work Test was proud to sponsor such a prestigious event. Ashley Baldry, Managing Director of Work Test, said, ‘I’m passionate about working with people in the Macquarie Park and Ryde business community and it was just great to see all of the new connections that were made by the people who attended the event’.