“Where there is a woman, there is magic” – Ntozake Shange.
The achievements of women and how far they have come in the struggle for their rights within the cultural, political, and social spheres are honoured as International Women’s Day on 8th March every year. Furthermore, organisations big and small come together to show women just how valuable they are in today’s society.
Read on to learn how #ARM is celebrating International Women’s Day 2022 and how we support the ‘Women of Today, Tomorrow, and Every day’:
Values Instilled at Core
To make gender equality a reality, from the boardroom and C-suite to front-line employees — we need to shift our thinking around values. Values and beliefs drive culture within an organisation. The past years have been a growth story for our organisation. We are proud of our story as we enter the 10th year to state that this journey began and continues with females just alongside males in all processes and activities.
In a bid to promote women’s empowerment at the workplace, #ARM Worldwide is overjoyed to have a workforce ratio of 50-50. Furthermore, 50% of our senior-level management are powerful women.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Holding and creating a safe space within the organisations takes time, willingness, and energy. We need to believe that it is part of our work and not a separate time-consuming activity. Having a combination of leadership buy-in and trail-leaders at our organisation is the magic ingredient that makes up for a beautiful recipe. However, it takes time. Diversified hiring programs, women support groups under the larger scope, flexibility, and many other similar initiatives have truly helped move our diversity ratio upward.
A conversation about healthy boundaries is never too early. Even with young children, these are the building blocks of how little boys consider personal space and boundaries as they grow older. By nurturing an environment of trust and freedom (with responsibility, of course), ARM spreads positivity throughout the workforce. People are observed to be much more productive and committed to the team’s boundaries within a safe work culture by conducting workshops and brainstorming sessions that set expectations for performance.
Personality & Career Development Initiatives
Upskilling programs and opportunities for women to assimilate back into the workforce faster have proved to be a great talent pool enhancer. In addition, peer coaching, networking workshops, leadership talk sessions, self-paced learning modules, and opportunities for visibility are some initiatives that have been rewarding for our teams.
We host a week-long women’s day celebration every year by inviting powerful female leaders to share their stories and experiences to inspire and educate our workforce. This year, we are honoured to have Sonali Dutta and Ashruti Baranwal as keynote speakers on 8th March.
Here’s to all the ladies!
Prioritising the inclusion of women in the workplace brings society closer to normalising the experiences of all women. Furthermore, creating a culture of psychological safety and inclusion is a critical component to attract and retain the best female talent, which is definitely worth celebrating. So let’s raise a toast to the strong women — may we know them, may we raise them, may we be them!