Unlocking the full potential of women in manufacturing

The advent of automation and technology in today’s business landscape shifts the focus from the need for physical strength in manufacturing units to a skilled workforce.  This industry shift has opened doors for a diverse workforce.  Women’s increasing presence and contribution in machinery operations, quality control and assurance, supply chain management, and critical roles at every level reflect the industry’s need to capitalise on the talent and skill of a diverse workforce.  Organisations can leverage women’s diverse talents and perspectives by enhancing innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. 

The journey to unlock the full potential of women in manufacturing and position themselves for long-term success is not easy, and there should be a robust framework for organisations.  Several key steps should be taken to create a culture of diversity and inclusion for women in manufacturing, such as:

  • Challenge traditional stereotypes and biases that hinder women’s advancement in the field.
  • Actively promote awareness campaigns and training programmes that foster an inclusive mindset among employees at all levels.
  • Targeted recruitment and mentorship initiatives can help attract and retain talented women.
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement.

Over the past few years, tremendous progress has been made in promoting gender diversity in manufacturing.  As India emerges as a pivotal manufacturing hub, several companies have successfully established a strong gender-diverse workforce, with women constituting anywhere from 70% to 100% of the worker pool.  This demonstrates the potential for creating an inclusive environment that empowers women to thrive in manufacturing.