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Meritocracies alone do not enable DEI efforts

Today, companies are working on increasing diversity metrics. Many leaders have used the promise of hiring the best people of all races to show that diverse hiring is an ‘affirmative action scheme’ and important for the company’s growth. While merit consideration is an essential component of any reputable hiring process, merit alone is hardly the […]

What ISO 30415 means to DEI initiatives

A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone— Sundar Pichai                                                                                […]

Harmonizing Generational Diversity and Inclusion in India Inc.

When we talk about diversity in the workplace, gender and race take the spotlight. However, age is another crucial dimension of diversity. Somnath B, VP HR Asia Pacific, Atkins Global, Abhishek Kapoor, – Inclusion and Diversity Leader, Dow Chemical International Pvt Ltd, Santosh Bijur, VP & MD, Lumen India, and Sneha Arora, Vice President Human […]

Creating Safe Inclusive Sexually Affirmative (SISA) workplaces

Sexual harassment of women at the workplace is a universal and pervasive phenomenon across cultures. The issue has assumed particular importance because of the increasing participation of women in the workforce. Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have succeeded in bringing the topic to the forefront and have prompted workplaces to take concrete steps towards ensuring […]

Sponsoring women talent for success

“One of the programs that we are proud of is the Pay It Forward program focused on sponsoring women for success,” said Lavanya Shrinagesh, Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leader, Genpact. She was speaking at The Best Practices of the 100 Best Conference (BOB). Sponsorship programs are key to the advancement […]

Why diversity in hiring is only one part of the puzzle?

Diversity in the workplace is steadily gaining much deserving attention and momentum. From sourcing to screening, and finally, shortlisting candidates irrespective of age, race, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, religion, etc. companies are redefining their hiring strategies to acknowledge the power of diversity. However, hiring diverse employees is only one part of the puzzle. What […]

A safe and supportive network for like-minded women

Creating a safe and supportive network for like-minded women employees to connect, communicate and collaborate is key to fostering a belonged workplace. “As a community, all of us like to feel safe, have a sense of belonging, a safety net where we can communicate, support, and lean on each other. We have the same concept […]

Train, intern, and hire model for neurodiverse talent

Establishing a neurodiverse workplace can be challenging but, it also comes with significant benefits. To nurture a truly diverse and inclusive work culture, organizations should also partake in addressing neurodiversity. The recently-held Best Practices of the 100 Best Conference (BOB) hosted Sarada Vempati, Lead, Technology Infrastructure Wells Fargo India & Philippines, to share the organization’s […]

IITM study finds out reasons for uneven representation of PWDs at the workplace

A study by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) has thrown light on the uneven representation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the workforce as the employment rates within the community of PWDs vary. The study found that the nature of barriers for organizations when it concerned hiring people with disabilities varied between subjective […]

A volunteer movement for women’s growth

What makes the Working Mother and Avtar 100 Best Companies for Women in India the best places to grow in career and life? The answer lies in the company’s best practices and inclusive policies. In the fifth successive edition of The Best Practices of the 100 Best Conference (BOB), Amrita Madiah, Director, Talent Development, India, […]

Companies step up to put women in leadership positions

While the lean representation of women in managerial levels has been a concern among industries, companies across are consciously working towards improving their numbers through well-directed efforts. ‘Best Practices of the 100 Best Conference’ witnessed the sessions ‘Step Up’ with Thiru Nagarajan, Vice President and Head of HR for IBM India and South Asia, and […]

Decoding the importance of communication for multicultural inclusion

Today organizations are keen on multicultural inclusion.  However, in a geographically distributed workforce, how does this inclusion translate?  ‘DEI: A Global Kaleidoscope’, a breakout session at the recently-held Working Mother and Avtar’s ‘Best Practices of 100 Best Conference’, focused on how organizations are ensuring multicultural inclusion amid a dynamic workforce. The panel comprised Magesh Sambasivan, […]

Lessons on inclusion from across the globe

“We started with a focus on working mothers when the brand was launched as a magazine in 1979. Since then, we have grown exponentially in this scope. We were pioneers in this space, focusing on a narrow but important topic,” said Subha Barry, President, Seramount, formerly known as Working Mother Media. She discussed key insights […]

Nurturing a Culture of Carehood in the workplace

During the pandemic, corporate houses partnered with public and private institutions to support employees and family members by procuring medicines, ventilators, arranging medical facilities, supplying grocery and basic amenities for those quarantined, apart from conducting vaccination drives. Caring for employees is now a shared value. Organizations are embracing, rather aggressively, the culture of carehood since […]

Igniting Courage to Overcome the Challenges faced by Allies

Allyship is the new catchphrase for any organization embarking on its journey to inclusion. Allyship is the act of using one’s power, position, or privilege to uplift others. But what are the specific challenges that the allies face? How to overcome them? And what are the skill sets required to become an ally? The panel […]

DEI is more than a number- it’s a mindset

When there is a stagnation in the diversity, equity, and inclusion journey, it often helps companies to take a step back and re-examine. This is what PepsiCo did when it decided to give its DEI goals the much-needed impetus by bringing about a change in the mindset. “Our journey towards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) […]

Weaving DEI across the pillars of customer diversity

When it comes to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, it is not just the workplace that needs to advocate these principles and build policies and implement them. “It is also the entire business that includes the supplier and the customer that needs to be diverse, giving equal opportunities, while making them feel included fearlessly,” said Priti […]

Making AI bias-free and explainable

The moment one hears of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the images that come to mind would be from an array of Hollywood flicks like Ironman, Minority Report, Eagle Eye, to name a few. It is either used to fight crimes or tries to overpower the human race. But the majority most often is flabbergasted when suggested […]

Six Steps for Beginners Towards PwD Inclusion

“Disability need not be an obstacle to success.” – Stephen Hawking People with Disabilities (PwD) include those with long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments. They account for 2.21% of the country’s population (while the actual number is said to be higher) but make up for only 0.5% of employees working in the private sector. […]

Cracking the ageism conundrum at the workplace

Every generation has its share of experiences that shapes attitudes and determine their traits. However, the much-discussed generation gap can be a concern at the workplace, if the older generation is pitted against younger counterparts and vice versa. Ageism, a bias or prejudice concerning one’s age, could be against young and old ones alike. Like, […]

A five-step guide for DEI beginners

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are a set of important goals for organizations. They help most companies cement their positions as the best places to work. Here is a five-step guide for beginners to understand the benefits of DEI for pursuing and implementing it in their organization. Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Many think […]

Why is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion important?

As a global society, we are becoming more diverse in all aspects. Integrating, acknowledging, and valuing everyone make a difference. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) have become a significant organizational initiative across industries. Research and data reports have time and again proved the benefits of DEI in organizations and for employees. From nurturing a positive […]

This is why I am a proud Avtarite

A mid-career woman on a Covid-induced break. It was a perfect combination for career hara-kiri? It seemed so till I joined Avtar. India’s premier DEI solutions firm converted a recipe of disaster into a brand new chapter in my career. For someone who dabbled in reporting and writing for over 14 years, it seemed like […]

Demystifying DEI— what, why, and how of it

Diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI, is an essential mantra for any business. Studies have shown the multiple benefits of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. It not just welcomes and celebrates differences but also enables bringing the best out of them. Eventually, it benefits the business, attracting the best of talent. Here is demystifying […]

Mindfulness as a Tool for Equity and Inclusion

One of the questions often asked is how mindfulness is related to equity and inclusion in an organization? To work amidst tight deadlines accompanied by a diverse workforce posing varied views and perspectives can perhaps lead to feeling stressed, scattered, and sometimes overwhelmed at work. It can bring up latent unconscious biases, poor judgments, and […]

Hearing them out: Active listening holds the key to an inclusive workplace

Richard Branson as chief executive officer of Virgin Mobile, made it a point to speak to his employees often, ushering in a culture of active listening. Active listening is without judgment and bias and with the sole intent of understanding the query, woe, opinion, and statement, no matter how divergent they are, in an attempt […]

Mentorship programs hold the key to DEI efforts

Beginning one’s career journey can be scary. It can be difficult to know how to communicate issues with management, when to speak up during a meeting and get up to speed on the way that the company works. No one wants to be seen as incompetent. The lack of “know-how” and fears of failure can […]

How open are we in accepting the goals of employees?

The term generational gap is about differences in perspectives between generations like Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Z, or iGen or Centennials, to name a few. Understanding generational differences has become critical because the goals and ambitions of every generation vary. While the older generations focus on one goal at a time, the […]

Diversity Blind Spots in the Tech Industry

The past couple of years have witnessed a surge in the discussion surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), particularly in the tech industry. In 2014, many giant tech companies acknowledged the gaps and vowed to make it a public goal to increase diversity in their workforces. Since then, the DEI movement has been able to […]

5 steps to ensure employee mental well-being

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unshamed conversations.” – Glenn Close, American actor. Nothing can be more relevant than the above statement, especially in today’s scenario. Mental health discussion has been shrouded in stigma for a long time. But the Covid-19 pandemic has shifted the focus on mental health and […]

Here’s why organizations are declaring their DEI metrics

Facebook recently published its 2020 Diversity metrics report. Incidentally, FB has been publishing its report since 2014 – a time when companies firmly believed that diversity metrics are purely for board rooms discussion only. The journey from just board room data to annual diversity reports is certainly a great leap, but surprisingly it didn’t take […]

Multigenerational Workforce: Why we need to accommodate them all?

There was a time when corporates wanted younger employees to realize the fullest potential of their workforce. However, a multigenerational workforce has a lot more to offer, with an eclectic mix of attributes unique to every generation. A recent study by Microsoft and IDC, which surveyed 439 business decision-makers and 438 workers in India over […]

Digital Age and DEI: The Strongest Confluence of this Millennia

Having a future-ready workforce is one of the priority tasks undertaken by organizations across the globe. In this growth, the impact and influence of digital prospects are optimum, both for business and people development. Digitalization has so far and will further help multinationals to grow manifold, given its dynamic quality. Digitalization achieves overarching business goals […]

How remote work has democratized workplace

Almost one and a half years have passed since Covid-19 changed our lives with remote working, and ideas translated into actions than ever before. To cope with changes, organizations have implemented new policies and processes to enhance the digital work experience. Some of the visible differences in which remote work made workplace accessible are, Leaders […]

Diversity at entry-level more impactful

Diversity models vary with companies, while they all consider an array of factors like age, gender, geographical background, etc. A majority of the companies with DEI strategies direct them to middle-level positions. However, there is a growing consensus that it would be more effective when aimed at the entry levels. Studies have also shown that […]

Understanding Psychological safety at the workplace

Psychological safety at the workplace refers to the experience of employees being able to authentically express themselves in their work environments. This stems from a strong foundation built on trust that an employee has on his/her/their employer and the subsequent sense of reassurance that they have they would not be punished or would not have […]

Rethinking Work Flexibility during Work from Home

Amid the Covid-19 crisis, working from home has become a norm for many. But even as remote work has normalised, it’s a fairly recent development.  Work from home was less mainstream before the pandemic and even stigmatised.  Hence, most organizations are still exploring the various nuances of remote working.  As part of the post-covid era, […]

Does Automation deliver a harsher blow on women?

Recent research at the McKinsey Global Institute finds that automation is likely to displace men and women more or less equally over the next decade.

Upskilling and reskilling the need of the hour

“Learning should not stop with earning. Only a skilled person will grow in today’s world.