Empowering women isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s the smart thing to do. "When women succeed, nations are safer, more secure, and more prosperous. Change doesn't happen overnight. If an organization is lagging in terms of opportunities for women and women's leadership roles, start by seeing where you are—which often means surveying all employees to gauge attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that concern gender disparity and other issues related to workplace discrimination and feeling safe and secure in their working environments.
How safe and secure channels of informal communication and collaboration helps women professional to connect - Creating a safe, secure and inclusive organization is important for the sustenance of it. Intent and content are ineffective in the absence of appropriate communication channels which employees can trust. Communication channels are the lifeline and all modes should be open, safe and transparent. Constructive communication, Meaningful collaboration and Professional Alliances go a long way in settling and stabilizing women trying to get a foothold.
The 3 C's of success: Collaborate, Communicate, Cooperate come more naturally to men, women needs to make some conscious efforts to find the space and time to inculcate these for professional triumph.
The Writer is Lata Menon, Country Head - HR, India, and MEA, Equifax.