How many of you reading this have HR policies that have cared to address the fast increasing tribe of 40 plus ‘singles’ in the workplace? I can tell you – almost none. I say almost to account for a surprise entry! I come across at least 15% of senior people I interview who are single. I’m speaking of people who never married. However we still continue with archaic policies on
Driving back from work yesterday, I heard an RJ on one of the radio stations share about the US honour for Nirbhaya and ask the listeners to call and share if they were inspired. Set me thinking.. Inspired? About What?? There are 3 ways in which one could be inspired from a situation. First would be to be like someone and become better than them so that similar or higher honors came ones way. If that’s the inspiration refered to here, let me answer the question for all women – No, no one is inspired to step into Nirbhaya’s shoes and aspire for similar or better honours.
I had thought of writing this post about gender diversity initiatives in companies around 20 days back; when the title was not so apt as it is today, albeit unfortunately in a different context. Interestingly the premise has become more relevant too. We have seen a consistently increasing focus with companies in the last decade to ensure increased participation of women in leadership roles. With similar regularity emerge reports that the representation is still miniscule. There is enough debate and attention about what can change this. But what all discussions focus on are the hygiene factors, that can only keep us in a vicious chase for sustaining the numbers. If we are looking for a self championing mechanism, we need to move something elsewhere. […]