Organizations are taking the lead in defining more equal policies with reference to gender, but it is still very hard to be consistent across the organization ladders and across borders. Equity and organizational justice confront themselves with common beliefs and stereotypes in larger society that tend to limit such dramatic changes.
However, issues arise also within organizational borders when we consider that too many organizations are not designed on the basis of employees’ needs, but follow a not-so-far-away-from-Taylor approach. The subtleties of day to day management pose threats to employees seeking work-life balance, particularly when they are women choosing to give birth to children. There is still a macho attitude that you should demonstrate that business comes first than any personal needs and desires.
Rio Tinto is an interesting case of a company facing many difficulties but still willing to make the change