Dec 19, 2005

Diversity in the Indian workplace

We have a long way to go !

Only six per cent of the total number of employees working in medium and large scale industries constitute women, with 18 percent in medium and 4 percent in large companies, a CII study said.
The study quoted that ''the attrition rate of women in larger companies was higher and in managerial positions the ratio of women dwindled further.'' Mrs [Anu] Aga, while attributing the work-environment as a major deterrent for women looking for higher managerial positions said, ''Gender bias in recruitment, gender inequality and sexual harassment at work place are the major issues affecting women as is evident from the study which quoted that 25 per cent women faced gender bias on jobs.'' She further added that according to the study, 56 per cent of the companies that were surveyed did not have any formal policies in place to counter sexual harassment besides women ''not willing to speak openly about their experiences.''