Grab all opportunity to make workplace gender-neutral, women told
‘Only by working together will people understand the changing culture’
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?”
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.
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.