BLOG Empowering Women, Empowering the Future: STT GDC India's Commitment to Inclusivity Mar 08, 2023 Sanjeev Verma SHARE Link copied! Happy International Women's Day! Today, we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women all around the world, from the smallest victories to the biggest milestones. We honour the progress made towards gender equality, while also recognising the work that still needs to be done. On this special day, STT GDC India is thrilled to celebrate International Women's Day and recognise the invaluable contributions of women in our organization and worldwide. Women bring diverse skills, unique perspectives, and valuable experiences to the workplace. STT GDC India is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for women to freely express their thoughts and ideas. Their outstanding employee experience has earned them the ‘Great Place To Work’ certification. The company's efforts to empower women in the workplace have created a supportive and inclusive environment, leading to a smarter and more sustainable digital future for them. STT GDC India's dedication to gender equality is a testament to our commitment to creating a workplace where everyone feels valued and respected. STT GDC India has a firm objective to achieve higher gender diversity in the workplace, and their efforts have resulted in a commendable performance rate of over 20%. Our commitment to gender equality has enabled our female employees to have equal opportunities and be entrusted with greater responsibilities. Women in Datacentre Operations and other tech departments are thriving, showcasing their potential and proving their worth to the company. STT GDC India provides these women with career development and vocational training, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Additionally, the company funds external courses to empower its female workforce further. This Women's Day, STT GDC India's exceptional female employees share their inspiring stories of work life at the company. Their dedication to breaking down barriers and paving the way for gender equality is commendable, and let’s hear their golden stories of how their efforts have helped them thrive in their careers. “Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner- Les Brown. Almost two decades in the IT/ Telecom industry, my journey has been full of passion, hard work, and immense learning. Every year as a professional have grown strength to strength and felt empowered focussed on my goals to achieve higher and higher. Joining STT GDC India has been an enriching experience owing to be alongside the leaders and employees who have an entrepreneur mindset and leave no stone unturned to make things happen with a can-do attitude and having a grit to excel in all walks of life. I am committed to further this culture around me and contribute to build the sustainable digital future.” Anju Williams, Marketing, Corporate Office, Gurgaon “I came from Siliguri, a small city in Northeast India, and moved to Mumbai for career growth. Mumbai has provided me with a great professional and personal environment, and my current workplace at STT GDC India has become my second home. As a woman, I have faced struggles, but this workplace never made me feel incapable because of my gender. Women have multiple responsibilities, and we can easily manage dynamic work fronts and home responsibilities. Women are like angels on earth who shake the cradle with one hand and hold the earth with the other.” Arpita Sen, Design Build, Corporate Office, Mumbai “As an employee representing the People’s Team (HR Team) at STT GDC India over the past 4 years, I have experienced a promising and equitable environment where I am heard and as a women employee, able to unlock my full potential, challenge myself, put across my views on the table, implement ideas, lead projects, grab opportunities with no gender bias and above all, I am treated with utmost fairness and equality. Having such a trustworthy and supportive environment has helped me grow professionally and am more confident today to take up new challenges. Traditionally, the data centre industry has been male dominant and STT GDC India is breaking this stereotype by creating an embracing environment for women employees. This cultural aspect has helped me grow professionally every day as I come to work.” Subha Subramanian, Human Resources, Corporate Office, Mumbai “I joined the organization five months ago and have experienced a warm and welcoming environment since day one. Women's voices are heard through their representation across functions, and employee safety and well-being is a top priority reflected in the company's policies and processes. Sustainable working habits are promoted through flexible working hours and periodic time off. It's an employee-first organization, and I'm happy to be a part of it.” Darshana Buragohain, Finance, Corporate Office, Mumbai “As an Operations Manager in Bangalore DC3 for STT GDC India for the last 3 years, I am proud to share my journey on International Women's Day. My success has been fuelled by my self-respect, self-confidence, and supportive family. Working in operations can be challenging, requiring physical and mental fitness to navigate critical situations 24*7 confidently. I prioritise integrity, consistent delivery and embrace learning opportunities from tough situations. My family's support is invaluable as I balance my roles as a mother, wife, and being a STT GDC India employee which has helped me become a socially responsible citizen to power a sustainable digital future.” Chandra Kala Ponnada, DC Ops, Bangalore DC3 “From the beginning of her career, Parul has had a passion for her profession and aimed to excel in her skills and create a future path for learning and development. However, as a working woman and homemaker, this has come with its own set of challenges. Juggling multiple responsibilities can be demanding, especially when traveling extensively for work. "The culture and values of STT GDC India and my team have helped me in my journey as a professional, where I can contribute to the company's purpose of 'Powering a sustainable digital future' through innovation, digitalisation, and knowledge sessions to internal teams, while creating trust with all stakeholders.” Parul Rastogi, Legal, Regional Office, Gurugram “As a member of DC Operations team at STT GDC India, I can attest to the company's strong focus on work-life balance. Having been with the company for almost 2 years, I have found it a blessing as a young mother living in a nuclear family. The company's culture prioritises continuous learning and development, which has helped me grow professionally. At STT GDC India, employees are encouraged to be themselves, which is evident in the company's emphasis on creating a supportive and inclusive work environment. On this Women's Day, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all women and express my gratitude to STT GDC India for enabling me to maintain a healthy balance between my personal and professional life.” Swati Prashanth Pai, DC Ops – Crossconnect, Regional Office, Mumbai “Prachita celebrates the support and equality she has received as a woman employee in her department at Pune Datacentre. The company has cared for all its employees and families during the pandemic and supports educational degree upgrades. After facing challenges balancing personal and professional life post marriage, Prachita received support from her family and colleagues. As a part of the Infraops team, she ensures 100% power and cooling infrastructure availability for DC critical services, which is crucial for India’s digital economy. “As part of STT GDC India, I feel proud to be a part of this digital transformation of India.” Prachita Pandurang Deshmukh, DC Ops, Pune DC 2 “I've been with the company for six years, and one of the reasons I've stayed is because I can balance my personal and professional life. This is especially important to me because I live in a nuclear family. I also appreciate the sense of safety I feel while working here. Even when travelling for work, my accommodation is taken care of, making me feel looked after and safe no matter where I am. These are some of many aspects that have made me stick around for this long and I am happy to be a part of STT GDC India. Happy Women's Day to everyone.” Bhavishya Sethi, Customer Experience Management, Corporate Office, Mumbai These stories of women from diverse backgrounds and experiences have served as a great source of inspiration for STT GDC India. They highlight the resilience, determination, and courage of women in overcoming obstacles and achieving their goals. These stories have demonstrated the importance of creating an inclusive and supportive environment that empowers women to thrive and succeed. The stories have also highlighted the need to challenge societal norms and stereotypes that limit the potential of women. As a company committed to gender equality and diversity, STT GDC India is inspired to continue promoting and supporting women's empowerment and advancing their participation in the workplace and society as a whole. At STT GDC India, we believe everyone deserves to work in an environment where they feel safe, supported, and valued. That's why we prioritise the safety and well-being of our employees by providing mandatory on-site safety training and a Mental Health Support Program that promotes positivity and emotional care for all. However, our dedication to women's empowerment doesn't stop there. We recognise the importance of investing in the growth of our female employees and have taken the initiative to provide financial support for education and degree upgradation. We also have a 'Training for Managers' program that addresses unconscious bias during hiring and performance reviews to mitigate the issue of fewer female employment opportunities. At STT GDC India, we uphold labour and human rights to provide fair working conditions and focus on our employees' physical, emotional, and mental well-being both inside and outside of work. While our goal is to build and expand our datacentres, we also have a testament to continue creating a more inclusive workplace and celebrating the invaluable contributions of women.