Akorbi is proud to be a women-led and woman-owned business. Claudia Mirza, our founder and owner, started Akorbi in 2002 when she recognized the need for translation and interpretation services in Texas and America as a whole. Since then, Akorbi has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing women-led companies in the United States. Today’s blog explains four ways you can support women in leadership roles at your business.
Recognize and Foster Talent
Your business needs problem-solvers, hard workers, thought leaders, creative collaborators, and meticulous task managers. Supervisors at your firm must recognize these skills in the women and men on your staff, and then foster that talent to benefit the company. Support the women on your team by properly recognizing the reasons they are valuable to your business.
Offer incentives and opportunities for professional growth with a wide range of options. Financial bonuses, tuition reimbursement, and skill-based raises should all be on the table. For transparency, goals for earning these incentives should be clear.
Foster Personal Growth
Employees want to grow personally as well as professionally. Help them achieve this by offering work-from-home opportunities. Working remotely gives employees a chance to spend more time with family, take care of doctor’s appointments and school functions with kids, and enjoy a more rewarding home life.
To make this work, your company needs open lines of communication, concrete individual goals for each worker, and the right tools for remote employees. Proper training and equipment are vital to success.
Promote From Within
Promoting from within shows that your company is team-focused. Women tend to lead with a more interactive and cooperative style. That turns into a stronger sense of team-building and commitment from subordinates. Rewarding these attributes means promoting women up the chain of command. Once women reach executive-level positions, a filter-down effect occurs. Women executives tend to hire more women as upper-level managers, and these upper-level managers hire more women as mid-managers, and so on. Promoting from within eventually leads to greater diversity as a whole.
Mentorship is a one-on-one way to foster personal and professional growth for women in the workplace. Think of a mentor as a tutor for the business world. As a company leader, take a go-getter under your wing. Teach her the details of the industry, the intricacies of the company, and what it takes to succeed. Mentoring doesn’t have to be a formal relationship. It can be meeting for coffee or lunch once a week just to talk. The end result is someone who can step into a leadership role well-prepared.
Create a Diverse Workplace With Akorbi
Akorbi’s language solutions help your company become more diverse in all facets of your operations. Our workforce solutions put you in touch with the right multilingual talent to help your company expand into international markets. Contact Akorbi or call 1-877-4-AKORBI for more information on our interpretation and translation solutions.