WSP ME on gender diversity and its impact on the industry

WSP's managing director for property & buildings, Dean McGrail, on how narrowing the gender gap is essential for firms to thrive

WSP Middle East's Dean McGrail (pictured right) striking the #EachforEqual pose
WSP Middle East
WSP Middle East's Dean McGrail (pictured right) striking the #EachforEqual pose

Construction consultancy firm WSP Middle East has shared its views on how gender balance, diversity and inclusion for women is “essential” for companies to thrive in the region.

Co-inciding with International Women’s Day, which took place on 8 March 2020, WSP Middle East’s managing director for property & buildings and gender balance leadership sponsor, Dean McGrail, identifies the main steps needed in order to implement change for equality.

McGrail explains that in order for companies for thrive they need to “innovate” and “adapt”.

“Some of these barriers can be addressed by policies, but to enact real change you need to educate people that neurological barriers exist to inclusivity,” McGrail explains.

“Neurologically, we are drawn to people with similar ideas and similar approaches. In fact, when we meet people who are similar it makes us feel good. To overcome these unconscious neurological barriers to inclusivity we need our people to appreciate that they exist. Once we understand these barriers exist, then we can consciously address them.”

McGrail also touches upon encouraging industry leaders to “become allies” for females in the workplace in order to be successful.

“Different ideas drive different approaches, which in a business context potentially translates into higher profitability, better efficiency, or a greater degree of quality,” McGrail added.

“Success is where accepting others becomes ingrained in everything we do. The fact that we're talking about it at the moment is needed because we collectively need to embody change. If we don't actively push the agenda now, the status quo will remain.”

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