Dreams Do Come True!

Article by: Archana Sathish, Strategic Design Unit

‘I’m just a dreamer. Perhaps not much far away from being a whizz kid’.

Have you ever envisaged your future yet? Why is it that we dream something and don’t chase after it? Was it worthless? Pointless? Completely a waste of time? What makes us give up so easily? If the dreams are going to bring laurels to you, why is there an impediment to attain so? To speculate further, we can say that it is mostly the sense of apprehension that creates a “Going-down-in-flames” scenario.

However, as we say, there is always a solution to every scenario we face in life. The bigger picture matters. Being a dreamer isn’t adequate at all as we need to lay down the ‘road to success’ by drafting a blueprint as to not only ‘what it is’ but mainly ‘how do I reach there’. Firstly, we need to have the creed in what we are doing. Also, it is significant to review your dreams from time to time. There is no point in chasing dreams which are unrealistic! They need to be measurable and have a proper timeframe too. Most importantly have you comprehended your vision thoroughly? If not, that is a necessity as nothing can go beyond it. 

How many of us have actually spared 10 minutes of our lifetime playing with a paper and pen when it comes to fulfilling realistic visions? Try it out to get clear and succinct images of the dreams we want to accomplish. Leave no stone unturned and try to seize the perfect opportunity.

Well the ball is in your court if you want to modify dreams into reality. In addition, we need to be highly inquisitive and pro-active about the pros and cons of our goals as it’s better to script it down to face them in future. 

Secondly, we may arrive at a flummoxed place due to various opinions and views perceived from the society, well -wishers and others. It’s all about how resilient and stable we are. If we have a solid mind set and have arrived at the best concrete decision as to ‘this is what I want to be in life’, nothing will atone and hence nothing to worry about!

To conclude, try stepping out of your comfort zone as it is very much required to face the challenges for attaining the dream. As it cannot be fulfilled overnight! Once you let yourself out, the unwelcomed anxiety will fly away automatically.

No further halts required. Follow your heart! Follow your dream as it’s time to break a leg!


Lockdown Experience and Lessons

Article by: Vanishree Deepak, Learning & Development Head for a Fashion House

The last five months have been an unprecedented time in the history of our generation. Needless to say, it has been laden with a ton of realizations and learnings. A health scare went straight from occupying the pages of our newspaper to maneuvering our lives. Every aspect of our daily routines began to unravel their complexities and flaws to us. We simply had too much time on our hands to dismantle every action and learned habit. Whether or not you checked for your wallet and keys before heading out, you definitely checked for your masks and sanitizers. The world had grown habits overnight.

What the pandemic has primarily made me realize is that we as a race need to unlearn so many things. We have normalized our blatant disregard for everything until it comes knocking at our doors. We routinely turn a blind eye to this wonderful symphony of biotic and abiotic beings that we harmoniously live with. We are entitled creators of God. We do not so much as look beyond the comfortable bubble that we live in. Guess what? That bubble has burst.

The exposure of the virus doesn’t understand the hidden terms of your entitlement. Your material possessions cannot buy its interference. It has made this society equitably at risk. And people are now forced to bend. 

To bend- to the wrath of nature, to the unknowns, to the callousness of their own kind and to destiny. As most of us scramble through each day trying to keep ourselves sane and safe, let us at least now come to terms with our insignificance. We are but a hair’s breadth in this universe’s play and there is a galaxy of experiences that shall unfold itself onto us. The only surety in this dynamic world, is that we are all in it together!

To sum up, the pandemic taught us a few good lessons to guide us in going forward:

  • We really don’t need much to live.
  • A satisfying life is the one that is lived mindfully.
  • We now know the heightened importance of being resilient.
  • Our individual actions matter.
  • The virus doesn’t discriminate.
  • We coexist with nature.

Stay safe, this too shall pass.

Till then we need to redefine our priorities and bring us closer to ourselves.


YOUR PRESENCE & POWER MATTERS IN THIS WORLD!

Article by: Archana Sathish, Strategic Design Unit

“Women are born to cook, do household chores, and be responsible for childcare”. To be precise, people in older days believed, “women are not just born, but fit for only these tasks”. To rewind the Indian society also believed in child marriage and certain bizarre practices such as Sati, female infanticide etc. which is very rare today compared to what it was in those days. 

Thanks to Industrial revolution and Education which had actually changed the whole idea about what women are “also” capable of. Let’s just say that earlier women just accepted the rules and restrictions constructed by the Indian society. But if we see today, right from driving a train to holding the highest office in the Government, women are present everywhere. Women today have the courage to voice out opinions whenever necessary due to the given exposure. 

As we all know that women still do face obstacles today at the workplace, maintaining the work-home integration, and various other responsibilities. But the way women tackle issues at work and at home is praiseworthy! Yes, it is now widely acknowledged, and pretty much accepted, that there are no differences between men and women in either capability or potential as women are proving themselves again and again. However, whilst this is true of all the professions, and broadly across all manufacturing and service sectors, there are still some stark limits to perceived parity. 

Women comprise a significant segment of the workforce. And, while the number of women working today is a substantial increase from past years, there’s still a lot that can be done to increase the number of women who are not only part of the workforce, but remain engaged and active throughout their careers. 

Why are women important for workplace?

One possible reason is diversity. Diversity at work brings together different types of energies that complement each other. In a male dominated culture, the workplace loses out on all that women bring to the table – multitasking, customer-centricity, teamwork, a nurturing mind-set and so on. 

This does not mean that men don’t have these qualities, but women by design are more conditioned towards these characteristics. 

Secondly, women make for nearly 50 per cent of the world’s population. For a more balanced workplace they need to be represented equally, too. Actually, they need to have an equal representation in the larger scheme of things everywhere. 

Ready to look at some facts and figures?

  • By 2050, India Will Be the Most Populous Country in the World.
  • By 2027 the working-age population in India will be almost 20% (18.6%) of the entire global labour force.
  • Reaching gender parity would have a bigger impact in India than in any other region in the world.
  • Increasing women’s labor force participation by 10 percentage points could add $770 billion to India’s GDP by 2025.  
  • India’s labour force participation rate for women is low due to lack of suitable work, especially for women, is not readily available. Flexibility in work timings and proximity to their households are important.

When we have to talk about attainment of goals or building a solid workplace culture and atmosphere, traits such as empathy, intuition, and optimism of women are required towards the benefit of the company. Their emotional intelligence and passion helps to create a healthy and positive workplace relationship and well-rounded workforce. 

Male dominated workplaces is slowly turning into a myth. This might be the result of gender willingness, career intentionality, and confidence of female employees. To conclude, women are fighters! They are born to bring in revolution to the world!

 Let us all continue to respect their capability and recognize them for who they are! 

Reference: https://www.catalyst.org/research/womenintheworkforceindia


FACE IT. CHALLENGE IT. FIX IT.

Article by: Archana Sathish, Strategic Design Unit

Be it Politics, Technical/Non-Technical, Film Fraternity, Sales and many more challenging industries, women are omnipresent. We should feel delighted to have such notable figures in this world as they are proving themselves over and again. But are we looking at it right? Are we witnessing the deeper insights of women being in such varied industries? Are we are just looking at the bright side of it? Every situation has a boon and a bane. The question is have we looked at the bane? How many of us have noted the original reason for women employees quitting their jobs? How many of them speak up in case of serious issues? How many of us know that the darker side dominates over the brighter side in workplace? Women maybe mentally and emotionally strong. But do they have enough strength to face various situations? To be very honest, the challenges faced by men are completely different from the ones faced by women at work.  

As we know that harassment has always been a ‘bone of contention’. According to sources and reports, around 87% of women in workplaces do not file a complaint or do not speak up in case of any harassment. Also, around 60% of women face unwanted sexual advances at workplace. Yet they remain silent for various personal reasons and fear of losing their job. It’s not that it is inexorable, but can be minimized as companies are obliged to maintain a POSH Committee (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) for the safety of their women employees and staff. 

Workplace sexual harassment prevention has been a top priority for companies going into 2020 and will remain that way long after the high-profile scandals of the last year have faded. As a result, companies may have provided mandatory sexual harassment training to employees, consisting of definitions and clichéd examples. Just an insight though, there is an app that can help you track the number of times men speak over women in meetings. It’s called Woman, Interrupted. Load it on your phone and place it on the table. It doesn’t record it simply tracks when a woman’s voice is interrupted by a man’s. There are limits to this app. It’s not completely inclusive of women and men whose voices pitch outside the norm. But it can provide a rough, data-led way to show your boss the problem.  On the other hand, working mothers today who are called as “multitaskers” face good amount of issues due to work-life balancing. Surveys says that 44% reported that work-life balance is the toughest challenge in workplace. It’s 21st century and women from all around the world want it all; a blissful family, a rewarding career and some solitude to find some time for themselves. It’s not easy to juggle this as being a full-time working mom comes with bouts of stress and guilt for not being able to give equal time to work and family. But every will has a way! Women can speak up for flexible working

hours, modification or any amendments in shift timings as it is any day not safe for women to just take a walk alone post 9pm. Working mothers could have talks with their manager to consider scheduling important meetings during the time when the kids are asleep. They could allocate an isolated place for just working. Also, company managers can put themselves in the shoes of a

“People’s Manager” as they regularly inquire about their work-life situations where women communicate to them in case of any difficulties or stress faced by them.

Every job has its own value and today people are paid based on the intensity of their job role and designation. We believe that today the disparity in equal wages/pay aren’t existing as an alarming issue. Yet it’s happening in some parts of the world. Reports say Equal pay was listed as the most significant issue in the workplace by 51% of women in Britain. Over the last decade, male graduates could expect to earn 20% more than female graduates. This is why fair remuneration was of the biggest factors. Hence, women employees decide to move to a new job. 

How do they tackle such issues? Every women wants to be successful, isn’t it?

Firstly, sort out your priorities. Both personally and professionally. Ask yourself, what can be compromised or completely non-negotiable? What are the jobs you need to be marvelous at, what are the jobs you can be ‘just good at’? Try to make such adjustments and be clear in what you prioritize. Also there is nothing to feel ashamed of thinking that “I can’t do so much work” 

Master the art of delegation. But again, you are in the safer side being clear in what you should delegate, and what not to delegate. This can save you from fatigue and burnout situations. When it comes to personal affairs, working mothers can get the situation sorted by splitting house work with family members. In this way, everything gets balanced! While working at your desk, you can always stay connected with your kids by making video calls as technology allows you to get to know about the whereabouts of your loved ones. 

For all working mothers out there, every minute is crucial –at home and at work. If we all need to stay productive, all we need to do is keep chatty co-workers, smartphones, Television, casual surfing and other distractions at bay. Plan your weekend and allot sometime for ‘yourself’. Sometimes, it’s really alright to think about yourself, have some leisure time and pamper yourself. Go to a spa, get a massage, watch your favorite TV series, read a book, travel solo, or just do nothing at all as many most of us prefer doing nothing, but just sitting and glaring all day!

It’s all about compromises, sacrifices and constant adjustments to lead a decent- comfortable life. It’s better to be prepared and learn to make the most of your time and energy. The more we know ourselves and our priorities, the more balanced our life would be. So, the ball is in your court! 

References: https://isight.com/resources/guidetoworkplacesexualharassmentinfographic/