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Women-Only Employee Benefits

CASE FLYER, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
ET Cases, 5 pages

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Women-Only Employee Benefits

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

• To examine the prevalence and extent of pay differences based on gender in India
• The new age but questionable HR practices such as egg-freezing and the arguments in favor of and against such practices
• Identifying the women-exclusive HR benefits that can help women break the glass ceiling and rise in their careers instead of making it difficult for them to break the glass ceiling

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I. Pay Differences

1. Do you agree that there are gender-based pay differences in India? If yes, can you rank the following industries (rank 1 for highest differences and rank 15 for the least differences) based on the pay differences (Exhibit I):...................


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Women-Only Employee Benefits

 

Synopsis

This Case Flyer enables an interesting debate on some of the new-age HR benefits that are exclusively meant for women. While some feel that such benefits help women have a level playing field to progress in their careers, several others opine that such practices single them out and impede their attempts of breaking the glass ceiling. This Case Flyer throws light on some of the women-exclusive HR benefits, focusing on one of the latest perks/benefits doled out for women – ‘egg-freezing’. Do such initiatives insult the women rather than enabling them? Suitable for understanding the concept of family-friendly (work-life) benefits in organizations, this Case Flyer questions the suitability of gender-based employee benefits.

Before the Case Flyer Discussion in the Classroom

The participants were asked to read the chapter and the articles given as mandatory readings at the end of the Case Flyer to enable them to participate effectively and to enrich the learning outcomes.

Positioning and Setting

The Case Flyer can be used to teach the concept of ‘Employee Benefits and Services’ in the ‘Compensation’ module of any Human Resource Management course.

Suggested Orchestration

During the Case Flyer Discussion in the Classroom

The discussion on the Case Flyer was conducted under three broad related topics [Exhibit (TN)-I]. The classroom analysis of the Case Flyer was carried out by discussing each of the questions of the Case Flyer. However, for each of the three sections, the discussion hovered around an ‘anchor point of discussion’......

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Abstract


This case flyer and the base article1can be used for understanding the concept of designing HR practices exclusively meant for women employees/executives. Do women employeesget relegated to being second-class citizens in such instances? One of the recent yet questionable practices has been the 'egg-freezing' perk doled out by two of the silicon valley-based companies - Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc., to their women employees. While many may opine that the only way to break the glass ceiling is to encourage women to pursue sustainable and equal-footed careers and dole out several exclusive perks in the process, several others question whether treating them separately would only accentuate the glass ceiling effect rather than abating it.



Pedagogical Objectives

  • To examine the prevalence and extent of pay differences based on gender in India
  • To discuss and debate on some of the new age ('questionable') HR practices for women executives, especially in the light of the 'egg-freezing' perk offered by a few silicon valley-based companies
  • To discuss on the practice of doling out a few exclusive perks to women employees and debate on whether the same can tantamount to unwarranted differential treatment that might accentuate the proverbial glass ceiling barrier than abating it?

Positioning and Setting

The Case Flyer can be used to teach the concept of 'Employee Benefits and Servicees' in the 'Compensation' module of any Human Resource Management course..




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