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By : Darshana Sawant, HR Manager, Wipro
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Hi,

There has been a steady rise in the number of working women in India. Whether it is literature, business, politics, IT, or media female employees are no longer a rare species in any of these spheres. But the fact remains that these women, no matter what position they hold, they still have to confront with their male counterparts at the workplace.In order to sail smoothly in a man friendly corporate world,it is important that women deal with the situation tactfully without blaming their biological status.

Although times are changing even today, some men have ego problems with women sharing the same workplace as them. There is also a perception that for a female employee, a job is just a time pass, after all they do not need to support a family! It is the responsibility of the women executives to resolve such issues either with the help of their female colleagues or those male colleagues who are supportive enough.

A counselor dealing with women issues suggests, “Develop a positive mindset and never suffer from an inferiority complex because you belong to the fairer sex. Try to be yourself and not just a woman. Leave all your inhibitions behind.” In fact every woman whether working or otherwise has a lot of strength which can be used to their advantage.

It is good to put forward your viewpoints in an assertive and confident manner. If you are justified in what you are saying it will be appreciated for sure irrespective of whether you are male or female. It is a universal truth that women are more emotional than men. But never let others take advantage of you by exploiting you emotionally. Do not ask for any favor or expect special treatment from anybody just because you are a woman.

Any personal differences fostered by men against women or vice- versa should be kept aside in the interest of the organization. In the workplace, people should judge each other by their performance and professionalism only. Cooperation and not confrontation should be the buzzword in the corporate world. After all gender conflict will ultimately hurt the progress of the organization in the long run.


What do you say friends,

Should organizations give preferences to genders or performance?

 


 Top Comment : Manish N Chugh   | 12 03 2009 14:51:01 +0000
Offcourse rate them on their Performance!! ... Yes, there are few people who are not comfortable with women working with them however, the workplace should be taken as only workplace and no such discrimination should be given a room where men or women become a difference. Ultimately, the organization is suffered and at whose cost??. I Swear, we are in 21st Century and still such discriminations exsist :( . Also on other hand even women must understand that they are no way different from men and should not expect something special for them only because they are women. We should learn to respect each other at every place and only then we can expect the same... Too much of funda.... Thank you, Manish N. Cheers!!
 
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  Commented by  rosemary, Chief Coordinator, Sewa Gram Mahila Haat    | 12 08 2009 06:33:26 +0000
No gender difference should be cultivated at the work place as women are mentally very strong.  I am sure women can be the success of any Org. 
  Commented by  priyadarshini, Management Trainee, ICAI    | 12 07 2009 06:37:57 +0000
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Its very true that men are still not supportive to women at the workplace. When a lady joins an orgn. she expects to get an equal treatment and support as her other male colleagues at the same level get. Smtyms the male counterparts harass them n take their undue advantage for providing help in their work.It generally happens in those cases where the lady direly needs the job and the seniors and other male colleagues have a knowledge of this. Its not fair. They should be given equal opportunity at the workplace and then their performance should be rated not the gender.
  Commented by  Manish N Chugh, Officer Trainee, Stock Holding Corporation of India ltd.,    | 12 03 2009 14:51:01 +0000
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Offcourse rate them on their Performance!! ... Yes, there are few people who are not comfortable with women working with them however, the workplace should be taken as only workplace and no such discrimination should be given a room where men or women become a difference. Ultimately, the organization is suffered and at whose cost??. I Swear, we are in 21st Century and still such discriminations exsist :( . 
Also on other hand even women must understand that they are no way different from men and should not expect something special for them only because they are women.
We should learn to respect each other at every place and only then we can expect the same...
Too much of funda.... Thank you, Manish N.

Cheers!! 
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