Top 5 IT Companies for women employees in Bangalore
By Lavanya Srinivasan | Published: August 05 2010
The gender divide is slowly disappearing with IT companies trying to bridge the gap by hiring more women and bringing forth women-friendly policies. Here are some IT companies in Bangalore that are leading the way forward with their policies.
Infosys has women inclusivity initiative Photograph: Google
Most of the IT companies are making provisions for women by bringing out policies on health care, child care and work/life benefits. The glass ceiling appears to be shattering in the information-technology sector. By focusing on bringing more women into the workforce, the IT sector is hoping to bring the gender ratio closer to the overall mix in the country’s population.
Forty-nine per cent of Indians are women, so there is no reason why women must account for just 26.4 % of the workforce in IT companies. This ratio was even lower in 2008, when women made up just 24% of the IT workforce; the gradual increase is attributed to the concentrated effort by the IT sector to woo more women. According to a survey conducted by The Great Place to Work Institute
, it shows that top IT companies in Bangalore have women-friendly policies in place and are continually striving to create family-friendly culture. Here are the top 5 IT Companies for women employees in Bangalore.
IBM India Pvt. Ltd
The fourth largest employer in the Indian IT industry sends recruitment teams to suburban residential complexes for a woman-only hiring programme that seeks to bring experienced women back into the workforce. The company offers flexible working hours
as well as telecommuting options for employees who can work from home and extended maternity leave. It also allocates shifts taking families into consideration. They even have a Women Leadership Council.
They have Toddlers Park, a day-care centre, and an infrastructural facility, called Baby's Day Out, from where mothers can work while taking care of their child. For cases of extended maternity, accompanying their spouse on travel, or caring for dependent family members, special leaves can be claimed.
They have a formal community of women employees, called Vahini, to bring about inclusiveness in the organization, and make them good parents, empowered citizens and fine financial planners. Expecting mothers can enjoy regular visits by a gynaecologist and special cabs for their smooth travel. There is also a dedicated 24x7 emergency helpline for women. Kids-at-Work Day is a way the company gets employees and families together to bind with the company.
A prominent feature is their creche, called Ashray. Employees can also choose to work from home on a full-time or part-time basis. A security guard escorts women employees who use late-evening transport. Half their employees are women.
It is the first Indian company to set up a dedicated office for gender sensitivity, called Infosys Women Inclusivity Initiative (IWIN). Women employees can avail 24x7 counselling facilities and nursing stations. For new mothers, there are satellite offices where they can stay close to home and work. They can take upto a year's leave for their family and continue to be on the rolls. The firm also offers connectivity at home and part- time working options to retain women at work.