Airtel, a global telecommunication services provider and one of Sri Lanka’s most sought-after employers, continuously strives to enhance female participation within the telco’s workforce.
Recognised as one of the ‘Top 10 Best Workplaces for Women’ in 2019 by Great Place to Work, and with over 63% of the female workforce in managerial positions, Airtel has consistently offered an equal platform for all employees to work, train and benefit from all the telco’s core operations.
Airtel believes in creating a level playing field, as women too have the potential to succeed beyond their aspirations and other milestones. Airtel is also a firm believer in the power of technology and tech-related employment to create opportunities and ultimately empower a diverse and differently-abled workplace. Furthermore, Airtel women are encouraged to take initiatives and drive change for better, not only to serve the company but also to serve the community.
As Airtel continues to reinforce its commitment to establish the ‘new normal’ through an inclusive and diverse workplace, the telco has been able to serve an increasingly diverse customer base. A gender-diverse workforce allows the company to attract and retain talented men and women who are at the centre of the telco’s global drive to not leave anyone behind, but to create a workplace that is equal and beneficial for all.
Saumya Narain – Chief Service Officer, Airtel Lanka
Having been part of the telco’s operations for over a decade, Saumya Narain is a testament to the telco’s efforts in being fair, unbiased and equally rewarding to all of its workforce.
Saumya manages teams that work on design innovation, process automation and digital transformation at Airtel. In her own words, the future is undoubtedly digital, and there is plenty of room for women to succeed in the telecommunications sphere.
Especially with a company like Airtel that gives women the space and support they need to succeed both personally and professionally, Saumya believes that the future for women in tech and design is strong.
Chamila Silva – Assistant Manager, Intelligent Network, Airtel Lanka
Airtel’s emphasis on diversity flows down into every level of the organisation. A great example of this is Chamila Silva, who is one of only four female intelligence networking engineers in the whole of Sri Lanka.
Her job requires her to be on call around the clock in order to ensure that the telco’s pre-paid payment systems are always running seamlessly.
As the vast majority of Airtel Lanka’s customers are youth on pre-paid connections, Chamila’s work is critical to the company’s overall performance.
Gayani Batawalaarachchi – Trainee Executive, Airtel Lanka
Gayani Batawalaarachchi, who is visually impaired, was introduced to Airtel as a result of the telco’s partnership with the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), to offer on-the-job training opportunities for differently-abled persons.
As her training in ICT with the EFC helped open up more employment opportunities, Gayani hopes to use her time at Airtel to learn more about technology and eventually pursue further educational qualifications in the field.
Shafiya Careem – Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications and Thanuja Suriyaarachchi – Senior Manager, HR Analytics and Operations, Airtel Lanka
Having just been felicitated at the 11th edition of the Annual Changemaker Awards, Shafiya and Thanuja were recognised for their work in community and youth empowerment. The Annual Changemaker Awards presented by Bharti Foundation, recognises contributions which create social value and have a high inspirational factor. Most importantly, these initiatives are undertaken outside of the normal job description of Airtel employees.
Shafiya and Thanuja lead 3 such projects in the last financial year securing the highly sought after recognitions. Both ladies are working mothers who are full time employees of Airtel. These awards are a true testament of the women friendly policies at Airtel encouraging agile and family friendly work practices.