I discriminate, ergo sum

on BLOG, Career Coaching, career, Coaching, success 7 Ott, 2016

I discriminate, ergo sum

It was reported by the newspapers, confirmed by the Italian Council of Statistics and by McKinsey and even denounced by the Pope last year: in Italy, women continue to face discrimination in the workplace. If in a large Italian company the average number of women in the less specialized roles is just over 50%, the proportion thins as you move along the hierarchy, reaching unflattering 81/19 in favour of men in the top management positions. And that 19% would be for sure less if in Italy there weren't the laws relating to gender shares. But discrimination does not develop only in the vertical direction: women earn considerably less than their male colleagues occupying the same roles.

What are the main reasons for this unequal distribution of opportunities and treatments between men and women? For sure the prejudices - that, in my opinion, are strengthened by the concept of "rose quota" - and the working woman's Italian social image still out of date, but also limiting attitudes and ideas women themselves have: guilt, low self confidence, the certainty that the price to pay for a career is not repaid by the personal and family costs. And, not least, the (conscious or induced) preference granted by women in sectors that inherently offer less career opportunities, such as teaching or, in a business context, such as legal, human resources, training, IT. In practice, a limiting choice made at school or university directs women to support functions, instead of key areas of business, such as finance or production.

And the corporate coaching in this context? Just to clear the ground by ideas of gender discrimination in the world of coaching, I underline that, globally, 67% of professional coaches and 54% of the coachees are women, according to the annual study that PricewaterhouseCoopers conducts on behalf of International Coach Federation (http://www.coachfederation.org/2016study). That said, talking about my personal experience, I can assure that almost all of my female coachees, sooner or later, raise the issues related to discrimination, prejudices and, above all, to their mental barriers towards the development of their own careers. What are the benefits that a worker can get from a coaching program? During the last twelve months, I collected some of their feedback on this subject:

  • Thanks to coaching I realized that I was wrong to myself not actively wishing to a better career.
  • I found new motivation and new strength in me.
  • I didn't feel alone, but I was accompanied and supported. The results were visible after just three months.
  • I have learned to manage evaluation meetings, confrontations, with greater awareness and self-esteem. And I emerged victorious.

What stops you from contacting a certified corporate coach?

What benefit do you chase after, keeping the success away from your career?






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