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How to Respond to Questions About Sexism in the Printing Industry

A Post by Deborah Corn, Print Media Centr

With just a few minutes before the first, women-only panel discussion on the main stage of Dscoop ended, the audience at Edge St. Louis was asked if they had any questions. The mic goes out to the audience, a gentleman stands up. With what I interpreted as a mixture of nerves, uncertainty, and a splash of bravery he asked, “Is there sexism in the printing industry?”

The room went silent.

Up until that moment, the panel had been laser-focused on strategies to drive innovation and growth, the importance of company culture and aligning with suppliers who support and reflect their company values, workforce challenges, and sustainability.

In other words, this was a business discussion. 

The panel was led by two female Dscoop Board members. There were three female panelists with major titles from consumer brands you know. Had any of the participants been male, I can’t see how much would have changed regarding the questions, and how the panelists responded about their work and responsibilities.

The panelists indicated through facial expressions and uncomfortable body language that they would be passing on answering that question. That is the correct position in a public forum when panelists are not there to discuss isms of any kind or have the legal authority to speak for a company on such things.

They could have responded from a personal point of view based on their overall professional experience; however, that is a risky move with unknown consequences. Imagine someone in the audience taking a photo of the panelist and sharing it on social media with the caption “Panelist (name) from Brand X says she experiences sexism in the industry.”

The moderators took a different approach. They responded.

Click here to read the rest of this thoughtful and informative post.

The Joss Group thanks Deborah Corn and the Print Media Centr for granting permission to share this post with our readers.

Robert Half Says Nearly 50% of United States Workers Plan to Look for a New Position in 2023

It is almost 2023, and many graphic arts businesses will be gaining or losing employees in the new year. At least that is the takeaway message from a recent Robert Half survey. “According to the company’s biannual Job Optimism Survey of more than 2,500 professionals in the United States, 46% of respondents are currently looking or plan to look for a new role in the first half of 2023, up from 41% six months ago.”

The graphic arts industry today relies heavily on contracted labor, either through small firms which are really collectives of contractors working together or through individuals who contract their services out to a number of companies. Thus, the finding of “nearly three in 10 professionals (29%) are considering quitting their job to pursue a full-time contracting career” caught our eye at the Seybold Report.

We agree with the statement in the Robert Half press release from Paul McDonald, senior executive director of the company, “The employment landscape is changing day to day, and it will be interesting to see how the next few months pan out. Regardless of what happens, employers cannot take their foot off the pedal when it comes to earning trust and driving engagement with current staff and creating a positive experience for potential hires.”

For more findings from the Robert Half survey, click here.

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