The invisibility problem facing APS women

The Mandarin

August 2, 2021

Not all problem solvers are visible, and that’s preventing some of the best and brightest in the public service from taking up the leadership positions they deserve.

Speaking to The Mandarin about visibility in the workplace, the director of a leadership and communications strategy consultancy says it is a universal problem experienced by private and public sector employees and professional women in particular — but it is also complicated.

According to Sarah Anderson, ‘invisibility’ in the workplace can be chosen by an employee, enforced by workplace culture and personalities, or a combination of both. It can be tied up with feelings of imposter syndrome or sometimes be a matter of systemic bias and structural disadvantage.

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