Friday 6 Oct 2017
‘Getting more women into the railway is key to better performance’ says Network Rail
New research undertaken by Network Rail has found that better performing teams are those that are diverse in their make-up, especially in their gender mix.
Teams that are evenly balanced between men and women perform best while a 20% critical minimum threshold mix delivers notable improvements including:
- More engaged and motivated teams
- Lower sickness rates
- More productive
- More collaborative
The research, which builds on previous work undertaken by business consultancy giant, McKinsey, in this area has led Network Rail to set new internal targets for its business units to have at least 20% of women in place.*
Delivering a speech on ‘Why gender diversity matters’ at Network Rail’s ‘Everyone Summit’ today, Mark Carne, chief executive, said: “The truth is that as a leader, a manager, a husband and a father, what troubles me most is the thought that talented women in my life might not reach their potential because men like me did not do enough.
“Gender equality is definitely unfinished business but I want the railway to play its part in finishing what it helped start over one hundred years ago.”
Other initiatives revealed by Mr Carne in the speech include:
- Acting to reduce gender stereotyping of children that limits their options and potential
- Changing the way NR recruits to attract women
- Retaining more female employee by creating a more inclusive work culture
- Making sure NR’s best women are supported to progress within the business
Mr Carne said: “We live in a world where 51% of people are women and our workforce should reflect that. We provide a public service and we will do a better job if the people who work for us reflect those we serve.”
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.