Monday 23 July 2018
The Women in Communications event on Friday 14 September will will explore how women are supported to succeed in Government Communications
Members of the GCS Early Talent Programme would like to invite you to Women in Communications event on Friday 14 September at Admiralty House London. This will explore how women are supported to succeed in Government Communications and how the challenges of achieving a positive work life balance with career aspirations are managed by communications leaders and teams.
Women make up 47% of the UK total workforce (Source: ONS 2012), while the proportion of females working at Senior Civil Service level on 31 March 2017 was 41.2%. The proportion of female Grade 6s and 7s has been steadily increasing, from 38.2% on 31 March 2008 to 45.4% on 31 March 2017 (Source:ONS, July 2017).
Members of the GCS Early Talent Programme ran a survey recently to find out more about women’s experiences within GCS. They found that whilst many people had positive stories to tell, there is still work to be done.
Only 27% of respondents thought the GCS was supportive of working parents and carers, and 29% felt they were supported to achieve a healthy work / life balance. Many respondents were completely unaware of the GCS position on diversity and inclusion in these areas. Members of the Early Talent Programme think that needs to change, and want to find out:
– why women feel that there are some comms roles which are fundamentally unsuited to those with caring responsibilities
– why women without children feel that they would have to change careers should their circumstances change
– why women feel the ‘always on’ nature of comms means that they are unable to achieve a healthy balance
and what we, as future leaders, can do to try to address these issues.
At the event, an excellent panel of women and men from across public sector communications will discuss their personal and management experiences and answer your questions. After this, attendees will break into an unconference session to address key areas raised in the room. The focus is seeing how people’s lived experience of working with these challenges aligns (or doesn’t) with the existing policies in place within the Civil Service and how women have ensured (or not) they have maintained balance whilst progressing.
Both women and men are encouraged to attend the day. It is vital to hear hear from all kinds of voices, and about different experiences, so we can all discover how we can help our organisations continue to improve.
To secure your place at the event, please sign up now and get involved in these important discussions.