As part of our Leading Women series, we want to highlight the professional challenges and career aspirations of the women we work with here in Asia.
In this feature, Priti Shetty, Head of People at WeWork India, shares her self-development strategies and thoughts on how organisations can support women’s careers, especially during this pandemic period.
Q: What do you think will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you, and how can organisations ensure support to overcome such challenges?
Yeah, I think the pandemic and this extended work-from-home period have forced women across the world to make some tough choices between their careers and personal priorities. And I believe that providing flexibility and helping women find boundaries between work and their personal life will help us bring women back into the workforce. I’m proud to work for a company that enables this journey through many of the products we offer.
Apart from that, I think feeling a sense of belonging and feeling invested in, is important for women, especially in the hybrid working environment that we are operating in today and will be operating in the future. Workforces will be distributed; they are going to be global; we are going to be working across time zones, right? Therefore, organisations need to build a culture that helps women reach their potential through policies and a network of allies, sponsors, and mentors that they can count on. They need to offer formal leadership development and experiential opportunities for women to test themselves out and move out of their comfort zone.
And finally, I think health and well-being, not just physical health but also mental well-being, will become focus areas for companies supporting women through various stages of life. We just can’t ignore that biological differences exist, and women do have responsibilities beyond work. And that’s something that organisations need to accept, acknowledge, and offer policies that enable both aspects of a woman’s life.
This is an abridged version of the full interview with Priti Shetty. For the full version of the interview, click here.
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