A Practical Approach to Managing Gender Sensitivity at the Work Place: Infosys Experience

By Srimathi Shivashankar and Geetha Kannan.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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True prosperity is when all the stakeholders of an organization are happy. It is about bringing joy across the spectrum. It means bringing change to the way business is viewed, as well as how the business goals are achieved. It requires espousing and upholding value systems that are far more superior; to provide an environment that values diversity and fosters performance; and to be a torchbearer of ethical conduct across the corporate. The paper puts forward a case of a young and an emerging organization from India- Infosys Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: INFY) that symbolizes thought leadership in Managing Diversity. The challenges of managing gender related concerns in an IT environment is different from the traditional industries, especially if the company is providing 24/7 global support to its customers. There are additional challenges when the company is Indian but growing rapidly to becoming transnational – spreading across new geographies and cultures. In this paper, the authors will share the Infosys framework created by them for managing Gender Inclusivity and nurturing Women leaders, namely AIR – Attract, Increase and Retain, as well major barriers that they faced while envisaging and deploying AIR at work place, to make a difference in a world of differences.

Keywords: Gender Related Challenges in IT, Gender Inclusivity Framework, Barriers, Career Options, Retention, Alternate Work Models, Nurturing Leadership Abilities

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.161-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 771.237KB).

Srimathi Shivashankar

Senior Consultant, Diversity Office - Corporate, Infosys Technologies Ltd, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

A strong believer in horizontal movement in organization, took up the portfolio of Managing Diversity after having worked with clients across the globe for 10 years. Have worked on building managerial and leadership competencies of IT professionals before moving into Diversity office. An avid traveller, has passion to explore new cultures and learn new things, and also like to teach special children.

Geetha Kannan

Infosys Technologies Ltd, Tamilnadu, India

Geetha has more than 15 years of experience in IT, primarily in resource management, designing and implementing people strategies, managing change and proactively initiating forums like the diversity office at Infosys. She holds a Masters in Business Management, and is known for her enthusiasm and energy, and ability to bring best practices into the organization.


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