By Meryl Rosenthal, CEO, FlexPaths
from the August Leadership Issue of WIFS AdviseHER
WHY ARE WORKPLACE DYNAMICS MORE COMPLEX THAN EVER?
Specific to the insurance industry, even the most established, successful and progressive agency leaders note that their management and advisor representation doesn’t match the marketplace and work needs to be done. At FlexPaths, we have conducted dozens of interviews as part of our recent research Building the Bridge for Culture Change: A Mandate for 2020, which shed light on the need to expand agency representation across gender, generation and tenure (for a copy of the executive summary, visit flexpaths.com). Without that mix, what often results is an “us and them” culture and vibe. For women, on a day-to-day basis, this can translate to men not being comfortable creating those bonds with women in the office. According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, CEO of the Centre for Talent Innovation, “Our research shows that some 64 percent of senior men avoid solo interactions with junior women because they fear rumors about their motives.” Layer on top of that the #MeToo movement, shining a light on workplace dysfunction, we now have further hesitancy and apprehension by men who would rather not take the risk of being misconstrued or worse. The industry does not need more fuel for the fire.
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