General Electric (GE) Malaysia/Brunei human resource director Sugunah Verumandy concurred with Rafidah that boardroom quotas should be used as a way of communicating change or treated as a long-term aspiration. “At GE, though we are supportive of women in the organisation, this does not mean that we base HR decisions on gender alone. We believe that women are just as capable as men. Any promotion or pay rise should be justified on merit,” she told Business Times in an interview in conjunction with the celebration of International Women’s Day.
GE held its annual Women’s Network Summit at the Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, recently. This year’s summit reaffirms GE’s commitment to support its women workforce via educational forums and capacity-building workshops. Themed We Connect, Act and Inspire, the event provides a platform for discussions on women in leadership, and empowering them as agents of change. Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development deputy secretary general Harjeet Singh launched the summit.
Students from SMK Seri Desa, Tanjung Karang and SMK Bandar Baru Ampang paid a visit to GE Engine Services Malaysia’s (GEESM) premises and Petrosains, respectively. The tours, organised by General Electric (GE) were held in conjunction with the second phase of Teach For Malaysia (TFM) Week recently. This was aimed at inspiring students through workplace visits by motivating them to gain insight into real-life work experiences.
The changing nature of work and the workforce presents a challenge to both employers and employees. Global and diversified organisations like General Electric (GE) Malaysia rolled out an intern-friendly policy in 2007.
GE has a strong tradition in developing talent and programmes like the company’s Graduate Leadership Programme (GLP), an extensive two to three months on-the-job leadership experience extended to budding executives, and the Financial Management Programme (FMP), a two-year programme which grooms fresh grads into world-class finance leaders. Such programmes set the standard in the corporate world. And the best part is that local millennials augur well in their plans.
The General Electric (GE) foundation scholar-leaders’ programme identifies talented young people and develops their capacity to help build the human resources in communities where GE is active. The programme strives to facilitate the economic and social development of the countries by broadening access to education and facilitating learning (and leadership skills) in management and business, finance, engineering, technology, and the sciences.
In addition to receiving financial support, successful applicants will join a global network of students and professionals. They will also participate in a special leadership development programme that includes attendance to an all expenses-paid seminar and opportunities to be mentored by a business leader at GE.
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