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Mar 30, 2022
In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Privitar is shining the spotlight on some of our amazing women PriviStars. This month, we are featuring interviews with team members across the company, demonstrating the talent, passion, and commitment they bring to their day jobs at Privitar and advancing women in the broader technology landscape. Read on to learn more about Jaspreet Cheema, Head of People (Commercial, Product & G&A) at Privitar.
I work within the people team as the Head of People, partnering with the commercial, product, and G&A areas of the business. It’s the “people” part that’s key and working for a company like Privitar where we are committed to building (and sustaining) a connected and collaborative company culture. An integral part of my role is to strengthen relationships across the company.
I align closely with leaders and employees, providing both strategic and tactical support and programs to ensure we’re heading in the right direction. I provide leaders with coaching on how to lead successful teams, as well as act as a strategic thought partner to drive commercially focused outcomes and solutions.
I am also involved in wider people operations projects, such as expansion to new territories, and creating and realigning our policies and rewards programs. Much of our work is focused on creating unique employee experiences.
First, I’d say I’m naturally inquisitive. I love learning new things! There are so many interesting people at Privitar, with such wide-ranging experience and backgrounds. It’s great learning about what they do and all the exciting things they’re working on.
I equally enjoy the problem-solving aspects of my role. Finding solutions to challenges can be so rewarding—whether it’s supporting individuals and making a difference to their work environment/relationships or helping the broader company to meet its goals.
On the people front, the last two years have been challenging. The pandemic has forced individuals and employers to reassess how they do business, how they work, where they work, and more specifically, what’s important to them. It’s essential for businesses and leaders to demonstrate compassion and empathy, especially under these difficult circumstances. I believe that businesses have been propelled to explore and execute a more people-focused agenda. With “people” being at the center, we’ve seen people teams playing an increasingly significant role in rethinking and reimagining how businesses operate including how to foster talent and how to build an inclusive and equitable culture.
Being part of a tech company in an environment that is always changing pushes us to be progressive thinkers who are striving to be the best! Working in this space is exciting as we’re always thinking about what we could be doing better and coming up with new ideas. As a team, it’s always fun putting our heads together and being creative.
Establishing a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce requires looking at the entire lifecycle to understand what is needed to develop individuals and then giving them the opportunities to progress and transition into leadership roles.
This starts with education, building interest in STEM subjects by engaging university students through mentorship and internship opportunities. In the workplace, at the earliest step of the employee lifecycle (that is, recruitment), eliminating unconscious bias through education programs is essential to ensure that hiring is fair and equitable. This should assist with constructing, nurturing, and advancing the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) workforce by means of policies, practices, and training/mentorship programs.
Different companies have their own unique sets of values and cultures. I don’t believe there is one set of solutions that will work for all. However, as programs and changes are put in place, they should be consistent with how the company operates so change is meaningful and authentic.
We’re seeing trends across a number of fronts:
People often find it surprising that I trained in Shotokan karate for six years. It provided me with some very useful and transferable skills for my career in HR…!
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