Don’t fake it: women see through culture change phonies

EXCLUSIVE: Defence’s culture change progress report reveals women aren’t fooled when male bosses’ public enthusiasm is little more than a script and doesn’t match their actions.

An employee survey at the half way mark of Department of Defence’s five-year program to tackle abuse and other unacceptable behaviour in the workplace reveals there is a still a long way to go. The feedback was drawn from Navy, Army, Air Force and APS employees via an anonymous internal survey.

The Unacceptable Behaviour Surveys Comments Analysis report — unpublished, but shown to The Mandarin — identified trust and ownership as the two key areas that needed more attention for the final phases of the culture change programs.

While many women appreciated the leadership-driven commitment to culture change, others suggested male bosses undermine the efforts by not enforcing the new standard, inconsistency, and even inauthentic body language.

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