We can't afford to lose our role models
AS WE move into the latter part of the year, all the buzz has died down from International Women's Day and the stridency and clamour about #MeToo has almost disappeared.
With all the talk about inclusion and diversity in the past couple of years, I am surprised by the number of senior women in the transport and logistics industry who have been made redundant or let go.
They no longer suit the company plan or the company cannot offer the flexibility that is needed for them to retain these senior women. What a waste.
Is it the women were becoming quite well known because of the programs they were running for the betterment of women and the industry in general?
In doing this, were they overshadowing their male bosses, something that just cannot be allowed to happen!
All who know me, know that I am not a feminist and the only thing I believe in is equal pay for equal work, and respect for all. I have had male bosses all of my life and I am truly grateful for the opportunities that were given to me and that they were secure enough to teach me as much as they possibly could.
I don't deny that we had some robust conversations every now and again but that is sometimes how mutual respect grows.
We have shortages throughout the industry as our transport task grows and we try to attract more people to the industry and yet we are not trying to retain the ones we have who can help us do this. Is this just an issue with a few of the larger companies or is it an industry wide phenomenon and I have only seen the tip?
We want to keep the skills, knowledge and experience we have within the industry so it can be handed down to the next generation,or the next influx of workers, if these senior people leave the industry they may never return. What do we do then?
Autonomous vehicles are a long way off, no matter how much we talk about them and we will still need a large number of people employed in the trucking industry when they do arrive.
As so many of us within the industry are getting older and may think fleetingly about retirement, we need to encourage more participation by all working members of society to consider the trucking industry as a career choice.
One way to encourage more females to join is by highlighting the successful and diverse women already making a wonderful career by climbing the corporate ladder or getting their licence and taking on driving jobs.
Role models are really needed and we cannot afford to lose those who have chosen this industry.