Tackling Our Unconscious Bias

In a country like India, deep rooted stereotypes stemming from social, cultural and religious positions make achieving gender balance at work hard. This is further compounded in social enterprise/small business sector, where we have limited resources and every day of every employee matters.

As employers with the sole aim of increasing outcomes for our organizations, we often operate unconsciously on certain assumptions about people’s capabilities based on gender, especially their family responsibilities.

FIIB, a unique and progressive B-School in India, is mindfully fighting these prejudices. At our organization we are 20% women at the board level, 31% women in staff at various roles and grades, and 42% women in our student pool. Our aim is to be at 50% staff and student representation by 2020.

Creating role models, providing explicit opportunities for development, and maintaining full pay and flexi-time parity for all staff, are some ways in which we are #BalancingForBetter at our workplace.

We have realized just creating sops for the women staff creates imbalance, leading to discontent from the rest of the community. So, where we have women taking work-from-home and flexi-time options, we also have our male faculty members taking advantage of our reduced workload plans to support their family arrangements. This is creating an inclusive work culture, where each gender is genuinely appreciating the challenges for the other.

I strive to remove such biases each day with the hope that by the time my two daughters enter the workforce, we will not need #BalanceForBetter

─ Radhika Shrivastava, Executive Director

As we begin the countdown to the International Women's day, dedicating this week to celebrating gender balance at FIIB. See some of the influential alumnae that have passed through our corridors. Here are 5 such strong-willed, women students at FIIB who are using their unique talents to make an impact beyond their own education.
Ambitious, Bold, and Compassionate. Women staff at FIIB are all that and much more. Watch this video that celebrates their versatality. On this International Women's day, at FIIB, the male gender committs to action. Hear from some of our students on what actions they plan to take to do their bit in creating a more gender-balanced world.
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