Empowering Professional Women
Women are now considered equal to men. However, there are still parts of the world where women are still looked down upon. There was a time when a very large number of women were treated as no more than a commodity. A good sign is that women are now stepping out of their household and are working & earning. Although the scenario has changed, there are still a considerable number of women who are facing problems due to inequalities, both at home and workplace. Empowering professional women has become the need of the hour as it will not only teach women to be better but also encourage men to respect men at the workplace.
The following are some recommendations that can effectively help in empowering professional women.
1.- Encourage Female Leadership: The influence could start with hiring. One should actively participate in the process of recruitment & encourage more and more women to take up the jobs that were once considered not suitable for women. The idea is to bring in talented female workers. A woman can lead by example in those jobs and could establish the concept of equality. Further, they can show leadership skills and help in developing a new generation of women who can be good leaders in near future.
2. Be Open about the Challenges: Facilitating honest conversations and sessions about the challenges that working women face can be a really good idea. There should be one concerted and honest effort to honestly realize the professional and personal goals of the female employees while expressing personal priorities with one’s manager. The female employees should be given a platform where they can be open about the challenges and at the same time, get to listen to their co-worker’s experiences. These sessions will help them gain more confidence. This can be the first step towards achieving a life/work balance and overcome challenging situations.
3.Opportunity to Connect: Employers or managers should try to be a good connector to other resources and people. They should help women in their organization find opportunities or at least a platform from where they can give something to the community & the network with their colleagues. They should be encouraged to sit on boards and contribute to the causes that they trust or believe in. The female employees should be given opportunities to meet or interact with other successful women in the same organization. The conversation between them should be more about empowerment and gender diversity. These kinds of sessions will inspire them and help them reach new heights.
4.The leaders should come forward and encourage empowering professional women in their organization. This can be done by offering formal mentorship certification programs for female employees. These types of courses can help them gain more confidence and be more productive. Female employees should be given equal opportunities to climb the promotional ladder. The office environment can also be a crucial factor as a good working environment can be a contributing factor in the empowerment of professional women. Additionally, women employees should also be given opportunities to be leaders. Empowering professional women can be beneficial to any organization or the society.