Gender Ratio

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Gender Ratio displays information about the organization's gender composition and is calculated by division, department, job type and location within an organization. Gender Ratio helps HR Professionals understand workforce composition in various business units and across multiple locations and job types. Gender Ratio calculation is used to monitor hiring practices and is critical in validating that compensation is allocated in a gender-neutral way. It is becoming increasingly important to comply with Equal Opportunity Employment laws and monitor employment practices to limit potential lawsuits. Being able to calculate and monitor the Gender Ratio can help HR Professionals and line managers define programs that will benefit the greatest number of employees.

There are different ways to calculate the Gender Ratio through the use of an org chart. Some include:

  • Division or Department: Separate calculations facilitate cross-department comparisons and make it easier to spot trends. These trends can be used when planning for reductions in force or in the opposite situation of company hiring.
  • Location: Most organizations include data on Location in their Gender Ratio reports. If a company is planning to hire, especially internationally, having an accurate Gender Ratio may facilitate the hiring process in similar regulatory and cultural environments. Location information can be very important for organizations that operate retail stores, restaurants or other businesses characterized by multiple branches that sell the same product or service.
  • Job Type: Organizations might generate a Gender Ratio by grouping certain employee categories. For example, all Customer Service Associates or all Managers. Comparing Gender Ratios for similar Job Types and functions at different divisions or business units should yield a similar proportion of men to women. Significant unexplained differences in the ratio of men to women at similar departments within different business units could indicate systemic problems that should be remedied.

An org chart can make isolating gender statistics within an organization very easy. When employee data is entered into the chart, reports can be run to easily identify percentages of males or females that work in a particular category of the organization, or in a certain region of the world.

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