08 Nov Tata Steel Working Towards Gender Diversity
Tata Steel targets to have 20 percent women in its workforce by 2020 as gender diversity ensures availability of different mindsets to deal with challenges, a top company executive said.
Atrayee S Sanyal Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Group HR Tata Steel said, “Gender diversity is essential, and not having it can be detrimental to business. A diverse workforce ensures that we have different mindsets dealing with challenges in different ways, and this helps us strategise better.”
She added, “We are definitely planning to employ a large number of women in the coming years. Tata Steel, as an equal opportunity employer, believes that women can perform any role with equal competence as that of a man.”
Women availability is gradually improving with the required skills in manufacturing, mining and engineering.
Sanyal shared, “It is supply-led demand to a great extent. Engineering institutes need to have more women and only then companies can recruit women in these areas. We engage early with various leading institutes that help us capture the best women talent in the early years of engineering.”
There is a need to devise policy interventions to offset the challenges which come with more women going for extended maternity.
When diversity is recognised and employees feel included, they have a better responsiveness to changing customer needs. Everything, cumulatively, helps us progress and develop as a company.
She said, “Workplace diversity attracts the best talent and retains the same. It builds a great reputation for the company. A mix of people with diverse views encourages innovation and problem solutions, thereby leading to increased profitability and opportunities for business.”