Employers are putting the overall productivity and wellbeing of their company at risk if they do not have women in positions at board room level - something which could also cause cases of grievance claims for sex discrimination.
That is according to Theresa May, the home secretary and minister for women and equality, who has said that many organisations miss out on a wide range of expertise, knowledge and insight due to their reluctance to draw their senior members of staff from the widest possible pool of candidates - including females.
"By becoming more representative at all levels, companies can become more innovative and productive," the government official stated.
She went on to say that this approach can benefit any given firm as it can lead to it having a better understanding of the wants and needs of its clients and customers.
Ms May - who is the MP for Maidenhead - concluded that the government is determined to help facilitate this change in attitude by promoting equal pay and extending the right to flexible working.
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Posted by Richard Saunders