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  • Essen Speciality Films Limited Leads Way in Empowering Women Night Shift Workers

    Published on June 18, 2024

    Rajkot – Essen Speciality Films Limited, a leading manufacturer of Sustainable Plastic Products for the Home Décor and the Home Furnishing Industry is breaking the mold with a significant initiative aimed at empowering women by providing them with night shift roles. The company has cultivated an inclusive work culture that supports 418 women employees, 57 of whom have taken over night shift roles on the company’s shop floor. This initiative, contributes to India’s growth story, reflecting the company’s commitment to gender equality by encouraging women to take up traditionally male-dominated jobs and creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

     On this special occasion, Mr. Pallav Doshi, CEO of Essen Speciality Films Limited, said, “Empowering women is ingrained in our DNA. Since our inception in 2002, we have always maintained a workforce with at least 50% women. Although the regulatory landscape initially posed challenges, our commitment to our core values drove us to successfully implement night shifts.

    With these additional 12 working hours now available, we are significantly closer to our goal of maximizing female participation. The response has been overwhelming, with numerous applications pouring in, reflecting the enthusiasm and determination of women eager to contribute financially.

    The support from their families and the community is truly inspiring and heartening. It’s common to see a mother-in-law dropping off a daughter-in-law on a scooter, husbands picking up their wives at night, and brothers-in-law delivering tiffins at our gates. These daily scenes motivate us, even on the rainiest days. It’s truly a joy to be part of this transformative journey”.

    The company has implemented various initiatives to ensure the well-being, safety, and professional growth of its female night shift employees. To ensure their security, Essen provides secure and reliable transportation, guaranteeing safe travel to and from the workplace. Robust on-site security measures, including 24×7 surveillance and security personnel, further enhance safety. Additionally, Essen has obtained the necessary permissions from local police authorities to operate night shifts for women, ensuring compliance with legal requirements.

    In addition to safety measures, the company prioritizes the health and wellness of its employees. On-site medical facilities and emergency services are available to promptly address any health concerns, while comprehensive counseling services support women in maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Furthermore, Essen is committed to the continuous development of its workforce through regular safety training sessions that educate employees about safety practices and emergency procedures. Continuous skill development programs empower women with the necessary tools to excel in their roles, promoting gender equality and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

    Pallav Doshi added, “The presence of women in night shifts at Essen reflects a significant change in societal attitudes and workplace policies, contributing to a more inclusive and diverse workforce in the manufacturing sector.”

    By showcasing the achievements and experiences of its female night shift employees, Essen aims to inspire more women to pursue careers in the manufacturing sector and break free from traditional gender roles.

    Traditionally manufacturing being a male-dominated sector, is now witnessing a growing number of women taking on roles during night shifts. This trend is propelled by several factors, including economic empowerment, increased education and skill development among women, and evolving workplace practices promoting diversity and inclusion. However, challenges persist, including concerns about safety and transportation during late hours, cultural norms regarding women’s roles, and the need for tailored support systems addressing women’s specific needs and concerns. Despite these challenges, initiatives such as enhanced security measures, transportation facilities, and flexible work arrangements are being implemented to facilitate greater female participation in night shifts, contributing to a more inclusive and diverse workforce in the manufacturing sector.

    Essen Speciality Films Limited remains committed to fostering a workplace culture that values diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities for all. A beacon of change, illustrating that with the right support and opportunities, women can thrive in any role, at any time of the day.

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