In honor of International Women’s Day, I asked our CEO, Kelly Starr-King three questions. Here are her insightful answers.
1) Why is gender parity important in the workplace?
“Balance within an office in gender, race, nationality, etc. brings strengths from all directions and that lends to a stronger team, whereas an imbalance can lead to narrow thinking. Narrow thinking can create discomfort, and often times employees don’t realize why they’re uncomfortable…they just are. Discomfort leads to turnover and a loss of production.”
2) What does Drake & Company do to ensure gender parity?
“At Drake & Company, we pay no attention to anything other than qualifications and personality in hiring for each position.”
3) What advice do you have for employers who want to achieve true gender parity in the workplace?
“Hire the best qualified candidate, no matter what gender, race or nationality for that matter. One of my favorite quotes says it best -”
“You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note.” – Doug Floyd
Angelica Dudenhoefer is the Marketing Coordinator at Drake & Company, a staffing firm based in Madison, Wisconsin. Drake & Company specializes in temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire administrative, clerical and legal placements. Since 1978, Drake has reached beyond skills and qualifications to match candidate personalities with a company’s culture. You can connect with Angelica by email or on LinkedIn and you can find Drake & Company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+,Instagram and Pinterest.