Women leaders also have a responsibility to inspire other women: Misha Joshi, VMware

Women leaders also have a responsibility to inspire other women: Misha Joshi, VMware

In this fast-paced and ever-evolving world of technology, change is a constant. To keep up with this change is a challenge for women on lengthy career breaks. In an interview with DataQuest, Misha Joshi, Senior Director, Professional Services Organization, VMware India talks about the collective efforts that need to be made to help women on career breaks

How has the perception towards women in tech changed over the years?

India has some of the highest numbers of women pursuing STEM education. Yet these graduates (51.9% women graduates in IT and 51.3% in Science) have remained under-represented in the engineering and technology industry until recently. Fortunately, Indian corporates are today increasingly cognizant of the importance of a diverse workforce and are heavily invested in initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusivity in their organizations. There is also increasing emphasis on equal opportunities without gender discrimination. Thanks to improved awareness and corporate initiatives, we are witnessing an upswing in the number of women in the technology sector.

Women are often not considered for leadership roles for they have added personal responsibilities. What must companies do to ensure such gender discrimination does not take place?

The proverbial glass ceiling is just one of the challenges that women face at the workplace. For example, here are countless instances of women not even being considered for roles that require odd timings or extensive travel. It is critical to put in place a robust D&I policy framework and actively work on addressing bias at the workplace to avoid such discrimination. The focus should be on hiring the right fit for a position irrespective of gender. Most importantly, organizations must move beyond the tick mark approach to diversity and focus on inculcating a truly inclusive and supportive work culture. Employees must feel like they are in a community where they can contribute, learn and grow; while feeling valued for their skills.

Many working women undermine their abilities because of bias at workplace. People in managerial positions should mentor high potential talent for mid-senior level roles, encouraging them to apply for leadership roles internally and externally.

Managers must take the lead by making it an open and safe environment, where non-inclusive behaviour is met with zero tolerance. Can we mention this in a way where we say the right policies need to be framed and managers ensure that they are followed. Women leaders also have a responsibility to continue to inspire other women, by talking about their journey at key forums, networking events and on social media.

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