If women make headlines

Updated: Nov 24 2005, 05:30am hrs
WPPs Neil French resigns because of disparaging remarks made against women

Actor Khushboo in trouble because of the disparaging remarks made against women

Sania Mirza effigies burnt because of her comments on women

These are but some of the headlines on women, hogging the limelight in recent weeks. The next time someone makes comments, disparaging or otherwise, on a womans priorities, we do have to agree that to a woman unlike a man, work is not the only priority.

However, the critical question to ask is not about priorities, but about capabilities. So, are women comparable to men in terms of capability at the work place

Every field that women have ventured into, be it the highly number driven media and finance sector or the highly creative driven programming sector or the more adventurous space sector, women have achieved as much, if not more than men. It has been proven through a lot of research across the world, that women are much better than men, be it in managing people or motivating teams or using quantitative skills or driving processes and systems or in being loyal to their organisation. More importantly, women do not become as easily egoistical or arrogant with success as men tend to do!

Amidst the entire furore that is being created, let us not forget that when a company recruits a person, it does so for the persons capabilities and not for his or her priorities. And as long as their capabilities match or surpass their male counterparts, women do not have any reason to feel apologetic or guilty about their prioritiesSo what if a woman moves from her job for family reasons It is not as if men stick to the same organisation for years! They too move on to greener pastures to further their ambition. If someone were to calculate the proportion of women employees versus male employees who have left a company, they may just surprise themselves by discovering that they lose a lot more proportion of their male employees than their female employeesthe only difference is that the males have moved to another organisation while some of the females have probably moved for home reasons.

From an organisations perspective how ever the impact of both is the same, for an employee loss is a loss is a loss!

Hence, rather than worry about comments being made on women in a workpace, it will probably be more fruitful if we all acknowledge the fact that women, despite being as capable as men, do have varying priorities when compared to men. This can then lead us to start looking at solutions that will develop a work environment, where both men and women are enabled to perform to the best of their capability.

Au revoir.

The author is group CEO, Madison Media