Women must not walk into the workplace expecting special treatment, said Ms Aruna Jayanthi, CEO, Capgemini India.

“Working women must think and act like professionals and not enter the workplace feeling special. While recruiting, organisations should look for women. But as they go along the career path, there should not be preferential treatment or reservation for promotions. That is demeaning and no woman wants that,” said Ms Jayanthi, at the Women Managers' Convention, organised by the Madras Management Association.

Organisations cannot afford to ignore women , Ms Jayanthi said. There are several examples of women adding phenomenal value to organisations. Not just in the IT and banking sectors, but also in manufacturing, she said , taking the example of Ms Poonawalla, former chairperson of Alfa Laval.

Ms Jennifer A. McIntyre, Consul-General, US Consulate General, Chennai, said employing women makes eminent business sense. “When you elevate the economic potential of women, we elevate the economic performance of the society and the world.”

Women also account for substantial spending, which in turn boosts the global economy. “Gender equality is smart economics.”

Companies with most women on their boards outperform those with the least, said Ms McIntyre.

swethak@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on March 10, 2012)
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