Make Them Feel Heard
Making women’s voices feel heard at the workplace is of most importance to make them feel empowered. If she has a great idea, support her and make sure she gets the recognition instead of letting someone else take the credit. Make sure there are networking opportunities in your company that allow everyone a chance to engage with senior management. Invite inspirational women to speak at the office, and make sure that all employees can attend—not just women, allowing your employees to know that you not just respect someone’s work and ideas but also that everyone else should too.
Diversify Your Leadership
Leadership positions are rarely given to women with the same conviction as they are to men. Diversity starts with positions of power. How can female voices be heard if only men are in executive positions? Make sure that high achieving women in your workplace are recognised just as much as men in your succession planning. Encourage women to pursue opportunities at every level. By promoting women as much as men, you show that you value them and that you are invested in growing their skills and respect their dedication and work.
Equal Wages For Equal Work
Even though this might seem obvious, the gender pay gap in India is among the widest in the world. According to the estimates of the World Inequality Report 2022, in India, men earn 82 per cent of the labor income whereas women earn only 18 percent of it. A simple way that you can help remedy this is to conduct pay equity audits regularly. Look for discrepancies between pay rate and ensure that all employees in your workforce with equal experience in a similar role are paid the same.
Implement Parental Leave Policies
Striking a work-life balance is essential to any workplace. Implementing policies that allow mothers and fathers to have a functional work-life balance is necessary to empower the people in your office. Take steps to ensure female and maternal health are recognized and accounted for in your policies. For women returning to the workplace after maternity leave, it is important to make sure that it is as easy and seamless as possible to integrate themselves back into the system.