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Location impact on gender diversity

Date: 12 December 2019 Tags: Reports & Indices

Issue

A study says that location has an important role in determining gender diversity especially in workplaces across India.  Bengaluru has the highest gender diversity at workplaces with 34% women employees, followed by Mumbai 33% and Pune 32%.

 

Background

The study  evaluated 60 enterprises from the Indian ecosystem, comprising of Global Capability Centres (GCCs), Technology Service Providers, start-ups, and companies, found that large companies have the highest gender representation at 33%, medium-sized ones have 27%, while women employees accounted for only 21% among small companies.

 

Details

  • The average gender diversity for tier-1 cities stands at 31% and for tier-2 and tier-3 cities at 25%.

  • There is 30% representation of women in corporate India, with 31% and 26% representation within non-technical and technical roles, respectively.

  • There are only 11% senior women leaders in the ecosystem, however, the junior and middle levels fare slightly better at 38% and 20%, respectively.

  • The number of women on company boards has increased from 5% in 2012 to 13% in 2018, due to mandate of having at least one woman on every company’s board of directors.

  • The study finds that even though women make up 48.2% of India’s population, a huge gender disparity continues to exist in Indian workplaces, even though most companies surveyed have been running diversity programmes for many years.

  • In order to make significant progress in the inclusion of women in the workplace, companies across the board need to align on a few common priorities and themes.

  • The study has analysed the statistics around gender diversity and various organisational policies and practices that give a comprehensive perspective of women in corporate India.

 

Benefits of  gender diversity

  • Financial performance

Some studies show that higher diversity in the workforce is expected to bring higher returns.

 

  • Reputation

Gender diversity in companies leads to improved reputation both directly and indirectly.

 

  • Customer base

Since men and women have different viewpoints, ideas, and market insights, a gender-diverse workforce enables better problem solving.

 

  • Decision making processes

Gender diversity in boards increases diversity of ideas by introducing different perspectives and problem-solving approaches. This gives teams increased optionality and decision-making advantages.

 

  • Diversity of management styles

Study shows that women are considered to "bring empathy and intuition to leadership", since they have greater awareness of the motivations and concerns of other people.