- In Australian companies, women represent just 17.1% of CEOs and 14.1% of board chairs.
- Australia doesn’t even feature in the top 10 countries for female entrepreneurship.
- Just one of the 25 CEOs appointed to lead ASX 200 organisations in the past year has been female.
Kris Grant, CEO, ASPL Group
Before COVID-19, I was travelling for work four to five times a week, so I’d learnt to work in Ubers, airports and on many planes, keeping the ASPL Group tribe connected and engaged remotely. I’ve had to build on this during COVID as I manage quite a large team and we are located throughout Asia Pacific, so it’s been a top priority for me to continue to catching up with our people while we’ve been staying home. With all of the upheaval and change, I have been focused on my team’s wellbeing, and regularly check in with them individually over Teams, Webex or Zoom to see how they are travelling.
During the lockdowns last year, we moved entirely to video conferencing with our clients running workshops, interviews, coaching and leadership training. Technology has been critical to our success and allowed us to continue delivery not only within Australia but with other parts of the world. We are now focussed on how we can improve incidental learning and collaboration online.
I’ve taken my learnings from the pandemic and used them to make a concerted effort to be flexible with our staff, who have additional responsibilities with their families and children. I am really understanding of the challenges we face as women in the workforce. Offering school hours and true flexibility removes the boundaries that keep so many incredible women out of work. At ASPL Group, we’re all supportive of each other and have deep empathy for some of these challenges.
My greatest achievement are my two incredible children, Aimee and Adam who are such inspirational, engaged young adults.
It is now up to each individual to self-reflect on how you can make a difference on helping to forge a gender equal world.