Today was an interesting day at Freshworks. Something simple yet powerful unfolded right in front of my eyes. Sindhuja Parthasarathy from the HR team sparked a light-hearted activity with a deeper dimension. It was a challenge to challenge gender stereotypes.
Objectivity is an illusion deeply imbibed into us and the language even has a term for it – ‘Unconscious Bias’.I remember reading a research that suggested that we all are vulnerable, thanks to the deeply ingrained preconceptions we are conditioned to embrace. We dismiss this off as racism or sexism but the truth is most of us don’t even realize the discrimination we are subjected to or even worse, what we subject others to!
We as Freshworks believe that a successful organization is one built on the foundation of inclusiveness of diverse aspects – could be race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or simply the diversity of thought. The most important step is being aware of our biases before we jump into our workshops on “Managing Unconscious Bias”.
It was simple and fun – Click a pic of yourself or your peers, holding placards of scenarios that challenge the gender bias and post it on our Workplace. The underlying idea was to throw light on biases that influence choices we make at work and in our personal lives.
There were only a couple of pictures in the morning but by lunchtime it was the buzz of the entire office. Everyone was seen holding a placard, giving it a shot and soon we had more than the anticipated entries.
A few caught my eye,
The click that kickstarted it all (pun intended!)
And the answer to it…
Isn’t everyone supposed to cook?
What’s wrong in pampering yourself
And trying to look good!
Why should women have all the (par)fum! 😉
Can’t bros gossip at brunch?
While girls lift…
Or fix stuff!
Everyone’s game for a little Whiskey
And still find time to do it all!!!
I was intrigued by all the buzz and decided to jump right in.
Helped me justify my shoe-buying frenzy 😉
Let’s not get constrained by the pre-defined gender norms prescribed by our society. We plan to push this #UnconsciousBias awareness campaign out on social media and see where it leads.
Tweet, put up stories, or post on Instagram or Facebook with these hashtags #UnconsciousBias #ChallengeGenderStereotypes #Freshperspectives and let’s throw some light on this topic.
We're challenging gender stereotyping and our folks at Freshworks have come together to spread the word. Join the campaign! #UnconsciousBias #ChallengeGenderStereotypes #Freshperspectives with @mrgirish & @viksayshi pic.twitter.com/YGKD76wUSd
— Freshworks Inc (@FreshworksInc) November 23, 2017