Challenges facing women in the workplace

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson speaks to Prof Anita Bosch of the Stellenbosch University Business School about the lack of equality that exist in many workplaces between men and women as South Africa celebrates Workers Day.

Bosch highlighted a few issues that are still problematic in the workplace like sexual discrimination, pay gaps, work hours and others.

She says recently men have started complaining about maternity leaves given to pregnant women. They are saying maternity leave is unfair because they are left to do all the work.

Bosch also touched on the lack of transparency with regards to salaries. She says South Africa is not really doing well in comparison to other SADC countries.

We see this also in benefits and other incentives that we see pay gaps between men and women.

Prof Anita Bosch of the Stellenbosch University Business School

For instance, a man might be viewed by his manager as committed because he is at the workplace until late where else a woman might be sitting with a computer at home because she had to pick up the kids. in the performance review she might not receive the same reviews as the man.

Prof Anita Bosch of the Stellenbosch University Business School

It's in those differences that very often women find it very difficult in trying to prove their level of commitment..

Prof Anita Bosch of the Stellenbosch University Business School

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