Grab all op­por­tu­nity to make work­place gen­der-neu­tral, women told

‘Only by work­ing to­gether will peo­ple un­der­stand the chang­ing cul­ture’

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

Women should change their mind­sets, take ini­tia­tives to break stereo­types and work to­wards what they want, to bring in gen­der par­ity, say in­dus­try lead­ers.

Ad­dress­ing a con­fer­ence ti­tled ‘Be Bold for Change’, or­gan­ised by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try In­dian Women Net­work (CIIIWN), Srini Srini­vasan, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Hospira In­dia, and Mem­ber, CII Na­tional Coun­cil on Pharma, said: “Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study, an or­gan­i­sa­tion has more high-po­ten­tial women than men. But why is it not re­flect­ing in the com­pany hi­er­ar­chy?”

Tak­ing ini­tia­tive

Srini­vasan feels that to make the work­place gen­der-neu­tral, women should take ini­tia­tive to change them­selves and grab the op­por­tu­ni­ties a com­pany of­fers through its poli­cies.

“Only then will you see progress.” With more women join­ing the work­force, there is also a need for more ac­tiv­i­ties that bring to­gether both the gen­ders in in­sti­tu­tions.

“Peo­ple need to un­der­stand the chang­ing work­place cul­ture. Un­less they work to­gether, there won’t be any di­ver­sity of thoughts,” he added.

CK Ran­ganathan, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Cav­inKare, said women should ed­u­cate them­selves and con­sis­tently put more ef­fort to gain knowl­edge.

“That way, it be­comes a way of life and be­ing bold comes eas­ier, which is im­por­tant for women to rise up in the cor­po­rate lad­der,” he added.

Savers

T Sud­hakar Pai, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Kur­lon En­ter­prises, said women have al­ways been in the fore­front when it comes to sav­ing money.

It is ex­actly why their par­tic­i­pa­tion is key for an or­gan­i­sa­tion’s growth, he added.

Vanitha Datla, Chair­per­son, IWN South­ern Re­gion, and Vice-Chair­per­son, Elico, said that to en­cour­age more women to con­tribute to the econ­omy’s growth, one needs more women at the policy-level who can bring in di­ver­sity of thoughts.

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