While many other companies are still in planning and discussion mode on adding transgenders to their workforce, Tata Steel is one company that has proved that it believes in real-time action.
The company has hired 18 professionals who are transgenders. The new hires will work in the shared services division of the company and will be based out of Jamshedpur.
In December 2021, Tata Steel had hired 14 professionals from the transgender fraternity in its West Bokaro Division. These 14 people work as heavy earth moving machinery (HEMM) operators at its mines. With these additions, there are now 97 people in Tata Steel’s workforce who are transgenders. They are based out of Kalinganagar, West Bokaro and now Jamshedpur.
Among the several groups within the LGBTQIA+ community, it’s extremely difficult for transgenders to find a job or get into mainstream society. Tata Steel not only aims to help the LGBTQIA+ community to break the glass ceiling, it has been making efforts to bring transgender people to mainstream in the society.
With an aim of 25 per cent diversity in its team, Tata Steel through its D&I (diversity & inclusion) initiatives, ensures that everyone is respected, every voice is heard, and that people can bring their authentic selves to work.
The Company has introduced several practices, including menstrual leaves, equal benefits for LGBTQIA+ partners, gender neutral parental leaves, and support for gender confirmation.
Welcoming the new members into the Tata Steel family, Atrayee Sanyal, vice president, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel, says “Tata Steel will continue with its efforts to drive LGBTQIA+ inclusion and build a benchmark workplace for all. This journey of HR excellence has been extremely rewarding and motivates us to explore new horizons on diversity and inclusion.”
“This is an endeavour to make a more diverse and inclusive workplace. The initiative will set an important milestone. As an equal opportunity employer, Tata Steel respects the uniqueness of individuals and is putting its best foot forward to shape the workspace of tomorrow,” adds Probal Ghosh, vice president, shared services, Tata Steel.
Tata Steel is a certified gold employer under Workplace Equality Index for LGBTQIA+ workforce.