Apr 19
Inspiring Inclusion
Inspiring Inclusion
L&T is a vast organisation and International Women’s Day celebrations have been an important annual event throughout the Company for years. This time, the conglomerate organised a mega centralised celebration in Mumbai with participation of employees from multiple locations.
Organised under the aegis of L&T’s Corporate HR, the mega event was hosted at AMN Tower, the corporate office located in Powai. Not only select women employees and leaders from across L&T offices in India, but several L&T Board members, including the CEO & MD Mr S N Subrahmanyan graced the event.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Subrahmanyan emphasised that inclusiveness is ingrained in L&T’s DNA. “L&T gives opportunity to all who have talent. We look for the person who can accomplish a job – we don’t differentiate whether it’s a woman or a man. We need able people and can’t afford any bias,” he said.
Mr Subrahmanyan vowed that the Company will continue to push for more women in leadership roles. “Those who have the backbone to take up challenges will surely rise.”
Underscoring that service-roles offer better opportunities for women, he said that work-from-home technology has made it possible to target women talents who lose out for relocating to new places due to family obligations and that Corporate HR should explore retaining / hiring such candidates.
That L&T is increasing its women-intake is not an overstatement. Dr C Jayakumar (EVP & Head – L&T Corporate HR) shared some encouraging data. Women accounted for 21% of all graduate and post-graduate engineering trainees that L&T hired in 2021. This year, the percentage has increased to 25%.
"The diversity of L&T’s workforce is really amazing. To further groom women leaders, we last year introduced two leadership development programmes – Winspire Propel and Winspire Rise – exclusively for women. These are unique initiatives that also provide trainees an exposure to L&T campuses and operations in Hazira, Vadodara, Chennai and Lonavala.
Taking a cue from Dr Jayakumar, Ms Poonam Chandok (Head HR – L&T Energy Hydrocarbon and a key figure driving the Winspire initiative) revealed that L&T has in its workforce people from 46 nationalities and 80 linguistic backgrounds. “L&T is a melting pot of cultures, and this is a diversity that we at L&T are used to,” she said.
Mr MVN Rao (Head – Corporate Learning & Development at L&T) underscored that unconscious biases come in the way of building inclusive organisations, and hence L&T is increasingly focusing on awareness, education and sensitisation.
Complimenting this, Mr Subramanian Sarma (L&T’s Whole-Time Director & Sr EVP – Energy) said that the Women’s Day event is not a mere celebration but also serves to create awareness about gender equality. “When there is diversity and inclusion, everybody wins. In L&T, women are placed in leadership roles by choice and not compulsion,” he stressed.
L&T’s CFO and Whole-Time Director Mr R Shankar Raman underscored the fact that very few organisations provide opportunities to talent the way L&T does. His advice to aspiring women professionals: “Be curious; be responsible. Keep yourself at the centre of your thought.”
Mr Shrikant Joshi (CEO & MD – L&T Realty) revealed with pride that 23% of L&T Realty staffers are women and they work across all functions.
L&T leaders accorded such high importance to the event that while several senior leaders attended it in person, three more Board members – Mr M V Satish (Whole-Time Director & Sr EVP – Buildings), Mr T Madhava Das (Whole-Time Director & Sr EVP – Utilities) and Mr S V Desai (Whole- Time Director & Sr EVP – Civil Infrastructure) addressed the gathering via videoconference.
Icing the cake, Ms Meena Subrahmanyan, the better half of L&T’s CEO & MD, sent a video message to all  women L&T-ites.
“Unconscious biases impact our decision and hence we need to consciously break that bias. Don’t be discouraged by change. Don’t be patient. Be prepared. We need to change how we view ourselves,” she said to a huge round of applause from the audience.
But the event was not all about encouraging speeches. Women of Metal, a short film produced by L&T, was screened at the event.
Also, the first batches of the Winspire Propel and Winspire Rise women leadership development programmes were felicitated by Mr Subrahmanyan and other senior leaders. Mr Subrahmanyan patiently posed for duelfies and groupfies with members of the batches who came from L&T campuses all over India.
Apr 18
Biases at Bay
Biases at Bay
BREAKING barriers takes commitment and strength. And that is what has enabled L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited (LTMRHL) to break barriers not only in the mass rapid transit system that it operates but also within its organisational functions.
On 8 March – International Women’s Day – LTMRHL decided not only to break the gender bias but the hierarchical bias as well. In its celebration, LTMRHL shone the limelight on several women employees who usually work behind the scenes and whose contributions seemingly go unnoticed.
It was the ‘sheroes’ from functions like housekeeping, maintenance, security, technical activities, station control and loco driving who were put at the forefront of the Women’s Day festivities. They steered the event right from anchoring to lamp lighting, felicitating guests, performing, and all other engagement activities.
Security guard Ms Asha anchored the full range of activities centered around the day-long celebrations. Expressing her excitement on being at the core of the event, she said that it was one of the best occasions of her career.
Her colleague Ms Bhagyalakshmi was equally thrilled at being nominated to felicitate a VIP guest. So were ticket collector Ms Supriya and security guard Ms Anuradha who felicitated other guests. They could hardly conceal their elation at being part of the team driving the event.
Housekeeping  staff  Ms  Anuradha, Ms Shashikala, Ms Rama, Ms Upendra, Ms Renuka, Ms Malleshwari, Ms Rani, Ms Sai Lakshmi, Ms Uma and Ms Kavitha lit the auspicious ceremonial lamp. It was, by their own admission, a first in their lifetime.
Ms Lakshmi also sang a mellifluous Telugu number. Livening up the cultural programme, Ms Veena Raju from LTMRHL’s legal section and advertising staffer Ms Rama Subbarao presented a duet that mesmerised the audience.
The joyous occasion was made even more memorable when all employees connected and bonded, pledging to keep all biases at bay and foster each other’s growth. LTMRHL not only bridges geographical distances but also cements human relationships, helping on its way those who pursue their passion.
Apr 18
Rebooting Careers
Rebooting Careers
ON International Women’s Day, Mindtree launched a ‘returnship’ programme for technology professionals to restart their careers after a break. The programme was launched in Kolkata and expanded to all other Mindtree locations.
Professionals with a minimum two years of experience followed by a break of at least two years are eligible for the programme. While it is open to all professionals looking to return to the workplace, the majority of them are expected to be women.
The programme forms an important part of Mindtree’s endeavor to expand its diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives to professionals whose personal circumstances may have resulted in a professional hiatus. It will include digital learning boot camps, skills-based intervention, mentorship, and opportunities to work on live, cutting-edge projects.
“The objective of our returnship programme is to make that return as seamless and effective as possible. It seeks to help returnees rediscover their talent and a sense of purpose. We plan to leverage our acclaimed learning and development programmes to give these individuals an opportunity to upskill and evolve into higher-end career opportunities,” says Mr Suresh Bethavandu, Chief People Officer at Mindtree.
The programme will bring in diverse talent to Mindtree and help them hone skills to accelerate their careers. This will enable Mindtree to unlock the greater innovation and creativity that come with a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace.
As part of its D&I charter, Mindtree is already aggressively working on a wide range of initiatives such as focused hiring, leadership development, coaching and mentoring to increase the proportion of women professionals in the workforce from the current 32% to 40% by 2030.
Apr 18
Immersive Theatre
Immersive Theatre
INFOTECH (LTI) has opened a ‘Borderless Innovation & Experience Theatre for Oracle Cloud’ at its Mumbai campus. It will serve as a one-stop-shop for customers to engage with LTI and Oracle experts for briefings, demos and workshops.
Inaugurated on 9 March, the theatre will help enterprises to modernise their operations through an immersive experience across four themes: journey to cloud (J2C), business re-imagination stacks (modern finance, GenX HR, resilient supply chain, and direct to customer), digitise the core, and industry cloud solutions.
Apr 18
Watershed Initiative
Watershed Initiative
MINDTREE has launched an Integrated Watershed Community Development (IWCD)  programme at Nanjangud in Karnataka’s Mysuru district. This is in partnership with National Agro Foundation (NAF), a Chennai-based NGO focused on sustainable rural development.
Designed to educate, empower, build and sustain communities, the initiative will benefit six villages and over 16,000 farmers. It will be delivered through various infrastructure and skilling initiatives – such as de-silting and deepening waterbodies, constructing dams, installing rain gauges, developing horticulture and forest plantations, setting up smart classrooms in rural schools and enabling dignified livelihood through Self-Help Groups (SHGs).
Through various skilling initiatives, it seeks to improve literacy, promote employment opportunities, and enhance technology adoption, enabling the communities to become more self-reliant.

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