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How to become a change-maker at your workplace with Vigdis Mathisen, Head of Finansforbundet

Vigdis Mathisen is the leader in the Finansforbundet, which has 32,000 members in finance and IT. Read on to find out her top tips on how to become a change-maker in your workplace

28.04.2020

As part of the Financial Federation's work on gender equality, we have partnered with Finansforbundet! With help from their large network, we will gain more insights of the equality and diversity in the Norwegian financial sector.

Vigdis Mathisen is the leader in the Finansforbundet, which has 32,000 members in finance and IT. Read on to find out her top tips on how to become a change-maker in your workplace.

Why is transparency in the workplace important?

We know that traditional attitudes and unconscious bias play a significant role in explaining the vast gender differences in our industry. Lack of openness and transparency is one of the reasons the problem remains unsolved. Through Equality Check, we have a tool to do something about it.

How do you think Equality Check is helping to improve the workplace?

Information from Equality Check will contribute to greater openness about the workplace's inner life. For employees, this means that they can gain more insight into the company's culture. Companies that receive high scores will have an advantage when recruiting, in addition to the pride and loyalty of those who already work there. With increasing awareness on the topic in society, it will become an advantage for all the company's stakeholders. And of course, it can be a useful tool for both union representatives and management who will easily see which areas you need to focus on.

It is important that leaders are aware of these unconscious biases because a financial industry that fails to recruit, develop, and retain both genders will eventually lose its competitiveness.

What advice do you have for leaders during these times, to ensure a good company culture?

The companies that succeed with gender equality are actively implementing measures to accelerate change. They recruit with a goal to increase female participation at all job levels. The true essence of this is to create a culture and a working environment that stimulates careers for all genders. Women "want and can" have a career in finance, but they compete on different terms than men, shows a report CORE conducted for us last year. It is important that leaders are aware of these unconscious biases because a financial industry that fails to recruit, develop, and retain both genders will eventually lose its competitiveness.


What advice do you give your members to help them become change-makers at their workplace?

I highly encourage all our members to review their workplace on Equality Check. The more reviews that are submitted - the better transparency we achieve. Transparency, in turn, will inevitably drive change. And that’s good for both the financial industry and society as a whole.

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