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5 simple steps to create a workplace where women are treated equally and respectfully

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Women are no more ‘also ran’ in the corporate world. They have challenged the status quo and have succeeded in creating a lot of opportunities to prove their excellence. We have indeed come a long way from the days when women were generally confined to their homes spending their whole lives doing household chores. This is still a lot that needs to be done to ensure there are greater opportunities for women to use their potential.

Camaraderie between men and women is essential

So, here are 10 steps to ensure women get equal treatment at workplace.

#1 No prejudices

Women are as productive as their male counterparts and if given an opportunity, they can even break boundaries. Do not say no to them just because you think they won’t be able to compete and complete a task in office. They have been fighting against gender-based prejudices since ages. We need to recognise their struggle.

#2 Ensure pay parity

Women never ask for more pay because of their gender. They are happy if they get paid as much as their male counterparts. This is all they have been fighting for but needle is yet to move.

#3 Let women lead

A proven way to overcome many systemic barriers to a woman’s success has been increased participation by women all level. Empowered them as the change agents. A woman’s voice and her ability to become a leader in her community is fundamental to empowering women.

#4 Promote flexibility

Simply put, flexible work arrangements are alternate arrangements or schedules from the traditional working day and week. Employees may choose a different work schedule to meet personal or family needs. The pandemic induced work-from-home model has proved that it works.

#5 Invest in skill enhancement

Encourage your women team members to volunteer for skill enhancement courses – both short term and long term. This is indeed a key requirement in today’s times to ensure that they remain relevant in a rapidly evolving work environment.

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