Women in Gaming and Hospitality Australasia (WGHA), a not for profit organization striving to achieve inclusiveness within the industry, says COVID-19 represents an opportunity to achieve equality of outcomes within their workforce.
In a statement issued Thursday, WGHA CEO Helen Galloway said gaming companies have a fresh opportunity to review and reset gender representation after months of shut-downs during 2020.
“As operators start standing-up staff after COVID-19 restrictions have interrupted their businesses, this provides many similarities to starting up a new company,” Galloway said.
“Resuming operations with COVID-19 restrictions in effect may require a more distributed workforce, or a degree of restructuring.
“This is the ideal opportunity to reset where necessary to deliver gender equitable outcomes in a workplace.”
Organizations that are inclusive of women and men at all management levels are more innovative, more productive and deliver better financial performance, Galloway explained.
“Around the globe, companies are asking themselves how to work smarter, not harder, and how to innovate to give great outcomes for customers within constraints of public health,” she said. “Gender equity is the smart business thing to do in these uncertain times as innovation is going to be crucial to survival.
At a management level, gender equality “will ensure an organization’s customer base is represented and their needs are being considered,” Galloway added.