A lot has happened this past year for employment policies and labor laws. Hollywood, for example, has been under intense scrutiny lately, not just for the extreme differences with how much actresses earn compared to their male co-stars, but also for the number of notable personalities in the showbiz industry who have been accused of illegal activity.
And it is not just in Hollywood that these gender pay gap issues are prevalent. Female employees in other industries and business sectors also report receiving lower wages in comparison to male employees. Despite having the same personal development and skills, women are paid less. Harassment issues have been brought to light in other places aside from Hollywood too. Men in all sectors–big business moguls, high profile politicians, even religious clergy–have been accused of harassment.
Human Resource Policies
Both harassment in the workplace and the gender pay gap concept all stem from the same issue of gender inequality. The perceived notion that women are lesser than men leads to the outcrop of these two issues. This is something that feminists have long been fighting to change, which discredits the thought that all these disgruntled employees and individuals just cropped up overnight. Because of various shifts in the way modern culture operates, it’s become easier for systemic issues and injustices to be publicized and made known to the rest of the world.
These shifts in world dynamics have justified a lot of businesses to review their human resource policies. Employment law is one of the things that a company should always continuously review. Lack of reassessment and change leads to a company’s policies to become outdated and run the risk of being in-congruent to the current values and viewpoints that are being adopted by the majority of the workforce.
Take outsourcing for example. In the US, a lot of huge companies have been attempting to cut down on operational costs by outsourcing the production of their clothes to developing countries. While there are many supply chain risks, companies do not always have full control over how their products are made. As a result, outsourcing has recently come under fire for its exploitative nature–long work hours, the use of child labor, cheap labor, etc. With an increasingly woke society, it’s easy to see how the use of sweatshops and child labor for profit might not be taken too kindly by the public.
Outdated policies might even end up hurting a company’s bottom line. Major corporations have come under fire because of the allegations of child labor, prompting customers to stage boycotts of their products or post about the issue on social media. A national food retailer has been accused not of child labor, but of destroying habitats and rainforests to secure more land to harvest palm oil. The accompanying storm of bad press that follows reports like these ultimately leads to lower sales. By staying up to date on current events and news, it’s easy to prevent situations like these from happening.
These constant changes in the social, political, economic, and psychological public consciousness all require companies to periodically reassess and realign their policies, especially for the top jobs in America. Not only should they aim to be compliant with the greater laws at work, but they should also ensure that business runs smoothly. This way, the company is not impeded by issues that can be avoided by simply reviewing and revising company policies surrounding employee conduct and ethics.