M. S. Sripathi,
President Design & Development,
Teksons welcomes women friendly policies which help women employees enhance their potential.
Many of our engineering manufacturing processes are tough and new to shop floor women employees. Enabling them to play their part in building world class heat exchangers is greatly empowering them with confidence which help them take charge of their own lives with economic independence, says M. S. Sripathi, President (Design & Development, Teksons. Excerpts from the interview…
Could you please spell out Teksons’ vision on Gender Diversity?
Equality is one of core values at Teksons. We believe that businesses can be powerful platforms for socio-economic change and driving equality for all. Creating a culture of equality is not just the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing. Diverse companies are more innovative and better positioned to succeed in the industrial revolution. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the socio-economic causes that we cater to, and where everyone feels equally empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.
How do you assess the concept and scope for gender diversity on the shop floor?
Teksons welcomes women friendly policies which help women employees enhance their potential, build new responsibilities, build their careers and change their lives. We train and help in building shop floor skills in women recruited from economically deprived areas. Many of our engineering manufacturing processes are tough and new to shop floor women employees. Enabling them to play their part in building world class heat exchangers is greatly empowering them with confidence which help them take charge of their own lives with economic independence.
How do you ensure safety in the shop floor, especially in the assembly line?
Employees are given on-job and class room trainings related to environment, occupation, health and safety. Work environment monitoring is done regularly related to light, air changes, noise etc. Every quarter, safety committee meets and issues are discussed and actions are worked out. Live fire fighting and mock drill exercises are carried out on regular basis. Photo sensors, safety guards, safety posters are displayed. Safety awareness and competitions are held. Proper tools, equipments and lifting tackles are provided to reduce work fatigue. It is mandatory for employees to use applicable PPE’s and safety shoes while working on shop floor. There are displays at work stations. Safety officer is doing vigilance check frequently to ensure safety is followed in work premises.
What are the major roles assigned to them in shop floor?
Major roles assigned are supervisory and worker level, opportunities are given to learn special skills like aluminium welding, torch brazing, core assembly, leak testing, inspection etc.
Tell us steps initiated to ensure ‘Zero discrimination’?
Following are the steps initiated –
- Work – All women employees are given equal work opportunities. No gender differentiation. i.e even they are doing core assembly, doing welding, brazing, inspections etc..
- Allowances – Women employees with special skills are given same technician, special and welding allowances as given to male workers.
- Promotion- Women worker with highly good performance are given opportunities to become group leaders, supervisors, officers etc.
- Committee Members- While forming various committees’ for bonus, wage, canteen, safety etc. women employees are made members of the committee.
- Women’s Internal Complain Committee – 100% of women employees are made committee members of ICC and one social worker from an NGO is also in committee as a member who gives various awareness trainings to women employees.