As organisations recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in talent management, many are increasing their efforts to support and empower women to succeed in the workplace. There are positive changes taking place within the tech industry, as more women are taking on roles within it. Women bring with them diverse perspectives, unique problem-solving techniques, attention to detail, and a multi-faceted approach to any project.
Despite several measures aimed at expanding women’s involvement in the tech workforce, India’s ratio of women in tech management and CXO positions remains low. However, as India Inc. recognises the value of women tech leaders in decision-making, the tendency appears to be shifting.
There are positive changes taking place within the tech industry, as more women are taking on roles within it. Women bring with them diverse perspectives, unique problem-solving techniques, attention to detail, and a multi-faceted approach to any project.
As organisations recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in talent management, many are increasing their efforts to support and empower women to succeed in the workplace.
Organisations encouraging more women in technology
Vanya Seth, Head of Technology, Thoughtworks, said that at Thoughtworks, they run a STEP program that seeks to work with students from Tier 2 and 3 cities. STEP is a twenty-four month-long intensive entry-level programme that follows a unique “work while you study” methodology that offers the chance to learn theory and apply it at work.
To ensure that more women are part of the technical community, Thoughtworks runs a couple of initiatives:
Thoughtworks runs Vapasi – a certified and free technical training program designed for women who are on a career break and are keen to get back to tech. The program is tailored to both Quality Analysts (QA) and Developers (Dev).
Speaking about the initiatives, Rachel Scheel, Senior Vice President of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Criteo, said that her organisation is focusing on targeting hiring programs that will naturally attract more females into technology careers. Recently, the company launched a career Returnship Program which aimed to attract women talent who had left their careers for family and parenting responsibilities.
Scheel further said, this program provides a tailored hiring process, and six-month supportive onboarding with flexible working options, focusing on making that re-entry more appealing. This program itself will hopefully encourage many women back to the workforce, providing a great pipeline for future leaders – as many of these women have left at the midpoint of their careers.
“We are working with schools and colleges that primarily support women and women from underprivileged backgrounds. We will be creating intern and early careers programs to attract young talent graduating in a technology course,” Scheel added.
On her part, Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP & MD, SAP Labs India; Head, SAP User Enablement, said, “The company has targeted intervention amongst women youth towards building employable and future IT skills and workforce readiness.”
Gangadharan further said, while building the enabling ecosystem for young women is to equip them with advanced career training in topics viz., data science, cloud computing, AI, Machine Learning and programming languages; provide them mentorship on how to build a career with the IT industry and prepare them for future skills.
While emphasising on the initiatives, Sumedha Pal Parmer, Country HR Leader – Honeywell India, stated, “At Honeywell, we believe that Diversity and Inclusion facilitates a level playing field. Moreover, it creates an ecosystem where ideas, creativity and work are valued irrespective of gender. Our Honeywell Reconnect program ensures that women are seamlessly integrated within the system upon their return from maternity leave.”
According to Gayatri Mohanakrishnan, AVP, CSS Corp, “We are committed to promoting diversity and equality at CSS Corp. We have the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) to encourage and promote diversity in the workplace by inspiring, motivating, and empowering women and supporting them in pursuing growth and learning in their careers and life.”
“Additionally, through our WIN Charter, we aim to establish mentorship programs and events for women employees at all levels to share learnings and create a supportive environment to overcome challenges and provide guidance for individual and collective growth,” Mohanakrishnan added.
This is how women in tech are growing and organisations are trying their best to provide facilities and guidance to increase women in tech more.