An 8 year old me, clueless and puzzled, I looked at my father and asked him why he brought me to his office. I remember him telling me, “It’s a big part of me I want you to know of!”
Every once or twice a year, I got a chance to visit dad’s office to see him work. At a tender age, when our minds are shaping, watching him work taught me how people collaborate and work in office spaces. How work and home both are so important in one’s life, and how much more my dad was as a person.
I wonder how huge can be the impact of parenting, the correct way, the inspirational way – where you know your parents as professionals too and they set as role models you wish to become.
Sharing a few important facts on the power of women in Indian workforce and how taking a girl child to workplaces can impact.
India ranks 120th among 131 nations in women workforce, says the World Bank Report. And the numbers have been dropping since 2005. Multiple reasons have been ascribed – lack of opportunities from corporate, social barriers and norms, lack of family support, poor infrastructure to support women workforce.
Why should we care?
If women participated in the workforce at par with men India could increase GDP by up to 60%, or $2.9 trillion, by 2025, according to a 2015 study by the McKinsey Global Institute, a think tank. At present, women contribute a mere 17% to the country’s GDP, well below the global average of 37%.
The change begins from educating the girl child and the right kind of parenting. So while taking a girl child to your work place you may see an unnoticeable impact in shaping her beliefs but it definitely has a lasting impact.
We thought of checking if our young women had been taken to their parent’s workplaces and how did it matter to building them? And this is what they had to say –
Parijat Kalita, 23 yr, Analyst –
As a kid, I got multiple opportunities to visit my parents’ workplaces and more than once, took a peek at them going about their work roles fascinated me to see them in these roles, observe a real office environment and I couldn’t wait to grow up quickly so I could “work”. I am fortunate to have always had such strong role models in my parents and those visits only exemplified that to me.
Auroshikha Deka, 23yr, Final Year Law Student, KIIT School of Law –
What inspires a woman the most? Another Woman! My mother has been a working woman her whole life. Yes, she used to take me to work every now and then as a child and also, as a teenager. I didn’t put much thought into it then but as I grew up, I started to notice how good she is at what she does. She’s independent, strong and has a voice of her own. In a place where most of her colleagues are men, her being a woman doesn’t limit her in any way. While we both belong to different fields professionally, she inspires me to be like her, someone who has her own voice.It doesn’t matter which field you are in as long as you are good at what you do and can inspire your child to even do better. One can be an actress, a professor or even an officer in a PSU like my mother, but a woman needs to work in a place where she’s respected and is not belittled by her colleagues only because she’s a woman. If any woman is able to achieve this at her workplace, she should be proud of herself and motivate the younger generation to believe in a system like this.
Radhika Sangtani, 24 yr, Final Year PGDM student, MET Institute of Management –
As a kid, my father would take me along with him to his office occasionally. I used to be very excited when he would ask me to tag along with him to work. He would make me sit on his chair and I would see him work hard through the day. Just by observing him I learnt a lot. One of the most important things was that I learnt how to multitask, help everyone and never say a no for any work no matter how small. It also made me learn a lot about organizing skills whether it was with my work desk or my life.
Megha Tandon, Senior Executive- Client Services, Tableau Experiential Marketing LLP –
I grew up an innocent child not understanding how every single action of my parents helped shape me up into the person that I am today. My father has been serving in tea industry in Assam for over 30 years now, I remember how he used to take me out every Sunday when he went out on a round of the estate to supervise the different jobs being done. I used to be very curious about everything and would ask tonnes of questions which my dad would very happily answer. I appreciate how my parents always fuelled my curiosity and empowered me to gain as much knowledge and didn’t just limit me to a specific subject or a stream of career. They never treated me any less than a son. I have an elder sister too and we have both been provided with education and have been encouraged to pursue co curricular activities as well. We have been taught how to be independent and to pursue our dreams no matter what they are. We have been taught that we are no less than a man- physically or mentally and that the actual growth of a person is in his/her hunger to learn and dream big
So the question for parents out there is, have you taken your daughters to your work place yet?
Invest in educating your daughters, that’s by far the greatest gift you can give her! Make her believe that she can, that she is independent and doesn’t need anyone to feed her! She is capable of running families, households, societies and nations.