New Delhi: Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva released a comprehensive study on ‘Impact of Work from Home’ on women executives and managers in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in India with guidelines for a gender-sensitive WfH policy in PSUs.
The report was released virtually in the presence of Anuradha Prasad, Special Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment; Dagmar Walter, Country Director, ILO; Soma Mondal, Chairman, SAIL and Chairperson, SCOPE; Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE; Ranjan Mohapatra, Director (HR), IOCL & Chairperson, SCOPE HR Committee and Sanchir Tugschimeg, Senior Advisor, ILO, Geneva. Dr Malika Basu, Consultant, ILO gave a presentation of the report. The launch was attended by about 366 participants.
On the occasion, Anuradha complimented SCOPE and ILO on undertaking the study on a very topical subject. She further shared that while the government has notified Draft Model Standing Order 2020 under the Industrial Relations Code for Service Sector in which specific provisions have been made for Work from Home (WfH) subject to specified conditions and as detailed guidelines need to be evolved, SCOPE & ILO study provides a very useful starting point for such guidelines and policy.
Dagmar Walter stated that the study is a landmark moment in the SCOPE and ILO association and has reiterated the need for the creation of an inclusive workplace to upsurge women participation in the workforce.
Calling it a proud moment for SCOPE, Soma Mondal said that PSUs have time and again instantaneously responded to the transformations at the workplace and the pandemic was no exception. She added that the report gives an optimised insight into how the women workforce are managing this new normal.
Atul Sobti stated that this is a path-breaking study where the highest number of public sector women employees participated. He added that the report is an important step towards developing a gender-inclusive work policy in PSUs that facilitates equal opportunities for the women workforce. He called for the creation of better opportunities to encourage more women at work and also advised senior management to gain insight from the study and guidelines launched.
Sanchir Tugschimeg commended the active and consistent effort of SCOPE and ILO encouraging deeper insights into this new reality at work.
Ranjan Mohapatra said that PSUs may circulate and look at active adoption of the guidelines customised to their organisational needs WfH is a perennial reality today.
As the pandemic has been a catalyst in adopting WfH arrangement, the SCOPE and ILO study offers detailed insights about the advantages and challenges of WfH after administering surveys including key informant interviews (KIIs) and one-on-one interviews with Senior Management including CMDs, Heads of HR and other executives. A record number of 1969 women executives in PSUs were interviewed to reckon the ground reality of the situation. The report also proposes a set of recommendations streamlined into guidelines for gender-sensitive work from home policy in PSUs.
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