Bangalore, India (PressExposure) July 10, 2008 -- The John F. Welch Technology Centre (JFWTC) in Bangalore, India, is the largest of four GE global research centres around the world. Within its expansive 50-acre campus, technology teams across different disciplines work on cutting edge engineering and technology programs that help accelerate GE businesses. In all, close to 3, 800 scientists and engineers work at this Centre. This microcosm was chosen as the perfect place to roll out GE's new on-ramping program, RESTART.
In May 2007, at a meeting with the GE Women's Network at JFWTC, K. Murali, the HR leader for GE Global Research, discussed the challenges to getting back to work after a career break that could be because of going the family way or any other personal reason. This was the genesis of RESTART at GE - JFWTC , a program that looks exclusively at hiring women technologists and engineers who have taken a career break and now want to get back to work. At the organizational level, GE - JFWTC listened and understood the needs of women employees and made various changes - It created more awareness around its Flexible Work Arrangement policies, introduced new maternity programs such as adding a "baby on the way" parking at its site, offered post-maternity flex policies, built a mother-to-be relaxation room and a lactation room for new mothers. GE's commitment to working mothers has earned it a consistent spot for the last 2 years in the Working Mother Magazine, USA.
RESTART is an important part of GE JFWTC's diversity initiatives, already supported by examples of women technologists like Kshira Muthanna who took a 14-year hiatus (simpler word) , raised her two daughters and earned a PhD. She joined GE 8 years ago. After this long break, GE helped her to get back on track. As Kshira puts it "When I was coming back I wanted to find my own identity and foster my passion. GE realized that I had a long break, but they gave me all the support I needed to succeed." Today Kshira is a successful Lab Manager leading the Material Systems Technologies Lab at the center.
As an initiative that encourages women to maximize their potential, RESTART has attracted close to 600 plus applications that is scrutinized by a dedicated RESTART team that helps find the best fit for women hopeful of getting their careers restarted.
Should you be interested in applying for RESTART or have a friend who fits a RESTART profile , you may write in to firstname.lastname@example.org More information on JFWTC, logo on to ge.com/jfwtc