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Do women require different training to thrive in the corporate environment

Women have long been an integral part of the corporate world, yet they continue to face unique challenges and obstacles. Given the challenging milieu, they have demonstrated their mettle and risen to senior positions in a variety of professions by overcoming gender stereotypes and misconceptions. However, to ensure their continued success and advancement, it is […]

Women have long been an integral part of the corporate world, yet they continue to face unique challenges and obstacles. Given the challenging milieu, they have demonstrated their mettle and risen to senior positions in a variety of professions by overcoming gender stereotypes and misconceptions. However, to ensure their continued success and advancement, it is crucial for businesses to recognize the need for tailored training programs and supportive policies that address their specific needs.
Aakanksha Bhargava, CEO of PM Relocations, which provides domestic and international moving, shares her personal experience of confronting challenges when she joined her father’s business. “I had faced many hurdles as a woman in a male-dominated industry”. Like Aakanksha, many women face the daunting challenge of skepticism and stereotyping in the corporate world. These obstacles, rooted in gender prejudices and preconceptions, can hinder women’s progress and limit their opportunities for growth.
However, by recognizing and addressing these unique challenges, organizations can cultivate an environment that empowers women to thrive. She further added, “The initial skepticism and resistance were disheartening, but it fueled my determination to prove myself. I believe that success requires traits and abilities, it does not specify any gender. The most important thing is to have an inclusive and nurturing workplace culture that develops the potential of every person.” Aakanksha’s journey exemplifies the resilience and drive that many women bring to the table and after getting the required training they can actually thrive as a leader”.
According to Mr. Sumit Kumar, Founder & Director of Headsup Corporation, an HR consulting firm, “Specialized training programs are key to empowering women in the corporate setting. These programs are designed to address the unique needs of women, such as confidence-building, negotiation skills, and assertiveness training,” Mr. Kumar highlights. By focusing on these specific areas, tailored training programs equip women with the skills necessary to thrive in the face of adversity.
Mentorship and sponsorship programs also play a vital role in supporting women’s professional development. These programs pair experienced professionals with emerging women leaders, providing guidance, support, and opportunities for growth. “Mentorship allows women to navigate the corporate landscape more effectively and gain insights from those who have overcome similar challenges,” Mr. Kumar emphasizes.
A comprehensive approach that combines tailored training, mentorship, and supportive policies is necessary to empower women in the corporate world fully. Companies that invest in these areas not only create an environment conducive to women’s growth but also benefit from their diverse perspectives and talents. “Women bring a different set of skills, ideas, and approaches to the table, which can lead to enhanced creativity, innovation, and overall business success,” affirms Mr. Kumar.
In conclusion, women face distinctive challenges in the corporate environment due to gender prejudices and preconceptions. However, through tailored training programs, mentorship, and supportive policies, organizations can nurture women’s talent and help them thrive. By acknowledging and addressing the specific needs of women, companies can foster a more inclusive and diverse workforce, thereby unlocking the full potential of their female employees. As we continue to strive for gender equality, it is imperative that we create opportunities for women to succeed and contribute meaningfully to the corporate world.

Written by Aakanksha BhargavaThe author is a CEO at PM Relocations, a global relocation company and by Mr. Suumit Kumar – The author is a Director at Headsup Corporation, A leading HR partner for MSMEs

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