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Empowering women in the workplace

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Multinational companies are changing their HR policies to become as gender-inclusive as possible. For instance, a telecommunications company is targeting to recruit female candidates for its operations, radio access network, network integration, network design, customer support and projection management departments, to account for two-thirds of its workforce by 2025.

Also, it now becomes necessary for employers that they must introduce welfare measures for working mothers to help them get through the first few months after childbirth. All eligible female employees can request an extended maternity leave in addition to their approved maternity leave. In order to retain efficient and productive female employees, employers may also allow flexible working hours.

One of the world's computer software companies in India has tied up with other leading companies to launch an initiative that grooms women to become future leaders. They undergo group workshops, peer learning circles and leadership dialogues, and create an online community to ensure continued dialogue and sharing of experiences.

More important for women executives, companies must offer reskilling and mentoring, flexible working hours and an option to work from home.

Companies today are starting to recognise men and women leaders who create a diverse, respectful and flexible organisation as future talent. It should be mandated that each organisation must have an inclusive approach to attract, retain and develop female talent. HR must ensure there are high-quality resumes from women candidates available when a position opens up. The organizational structure must have female representatives across sales, marketing, business development and design. There must also be an HR strategy to create goals for female workforce development and plans to track these closely each year.

Handy Hints:

• Women offered positions of equal pay and status as men

• They are appointed to managerial and executive positions

• A strategy is in place ensuring women's skills are recognized

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Source: Dr. Pon Mohaideen Pitchai, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is a Dubai-based HR and Management Consultant