International Women’s Day, annually held on the 8th March, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, but the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. At Bayer, we have the privilege to co-lead our global Business Resource Group GROW which stands for Growing Representation and Opportunities for Women. In these roles, we would like to use the platform of our CEO to celebrate IWD 2021.
"Our families, our communities, and our companies are better when diversity wins"
Stanley Black & Decker today announced that it has named Joe Simms Chief Diversity Officer.
In this role, Simms will champion a broad approach to diversity, equity and inclusion to accelerate company performance, optimize organizational culture, enhance transparency and strengthen accountability. Simms will also establish key external partnerships to enhance the company’s ecosystem of diverse sources of talent and expertise.
It is well understood that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills are critical to enhance employability across industries in India and around the world. The country’s National Science Foundation predicts that 80 percent of jobs in the next decade will require STEM skills, and IBM estimates that STEM careers will offer 24 percent higher pay and longevity in the future.
Coming off the events of last year, a comprehensive benefits offering not only helps employees during a health event, but it also supports employee productivity, recruitment and retention. According to the 2020-2021 Aflac WorkForces Report, 35% of workers say improving their benefits package is the one thing their employer could do to keep them in their jobs — second only to increasing their pay. (Learn more about the survey at Aflac.com/AWR.)
After an unpredictable 2020 and with a COVID-19 vaccine in the early stages of distribution, optimism and fresh starts are the sentiments ringing true right now.
However, the health and financial challenges of 2020 will likely linger for some time. In fact, the 2020-2021 Aflac WorkForces Report found that 67% of U.S. employees experienced at least a minor financial impact because of COVID-19.