Ms.Moushumi Bose,Founder, HR-Executive & Life Coach, Divinity Consultant was the second speaker of the day. She took us on a “Diversity & Inclusivity Journey” which was a path filled with the significant strategies that are essential to handle today’s shrinking talent pool and ways to attract and retain talent. She brought out the different skills of the various workforce segments and believes that their collective efforts could bring about a remarkable transformation in the workplace. She emphasized that “Generational and Gender Harmony” would result in a positive correlation with the company’s performance.
A “diversity de tour” of various countries across the World was an eye-opener on today’s workforce realities. The demographic trend – a “must-know” business tool for all the firms to analyze – was dealt in detail, as it is the expected “Business Alarm” of the near future. Mature Organizations are expected to be “quick-reactors” to the diverse needs and need to realize that failing to include diversity policies would only mean a big loss.
The various individual and Organizational barriers that stop women from chasing their dreams were analyzed and according to Ms. Moushumi, it is the women today who are under a massive “brain drain”. The stubborn realities that are responsible for today’s state of affairs was elaborated on along with the metamorphosis of “Male Profiling” of women to “Uber cool and composed” women leaders of today.
Excellent negotiating skills, ability to prioritize, work-life balance, a complete “NO-NO” to aggressive attitude would be the essential characteristics that is expected out of women at workplace today, to break the “glass-ceiling” and reach the top spot. The sensitivity of gender related workplace issues was dealt, and how Organizations have adopted policies to make every individual feel important. Today’s workforce would be willing to be a part of an Organization which would respect and value their talent and not evaluate them on any other parameters.
It was a session that brought out the not so commonly spoken about topics with clarity and something that will stimulate every one of us to think about.