Saran Bhatia

‘Growing up I wouldn't have noticed my mum’s struggle, but it’s definitely something I’ll acknowledge with my partner, once I have one!’

Saran Bhatia

Job title: People Advisory Services, EMEIA Financial Services (London)

Time at EY: 2 years

After my industry placement with NHS England, which I took on while studying accounting and management at the University of Westminster, I joined EY shortly after graduating. I believe the most important things to focus on to achieve workplace equality are initiatives to bring about equal opportunities for all – specifically breaking down gender stereotypes around childcare and promoting equal and shared parental leave.

Saran on... defining equality in the workplace

“To me, it means men and women working in the same team, both having an equal opportunity to work on the same project. That would be equal rights.”

Saran on... a study predicting it will be 117 years until gender equality is achieved

“It needs to be much quicker. We need to work on that. Previous generations have given us a good idea of what we need to do moving forward so, although three generations is probably an accurate amount of time, it should be much sooner.”

Saran on... his changing awareness of inequality

“Growing up I wouldn’t have necessarily noticed that struggle, from my mum’s perspective, but it’s definitely something I’ll acknowledge with my partner, once I have one!”

Saran on... the importance of employers in changing attitudes to workplace equality

“Just like anything, you pick up things from your parents, right? So if you see your mother was at home while you were growing up then you might expect your wife to stay at home too. But if the employer allows you to take time off and supports that, maybe more men would do it and things could change.”

Saran on... unconsciously resisting change

“There’s a definite unconscious bias. If my dad’s at work and my mum’s had time off on maternity leave then I'm probably already thinking that my wife would be better at looking after our child. I mean that could very easily sway my decision.”

Saran on... why we allow inequality in the workplace to continue

“I know the issue but I might not necessarily know what I can do to help. How can I help exactly? There might be a lot of scenarios I face in my daily life but I can easily turn away from them if I don’t know what I can do to change things.”

Saran was interviewed alongside Lucy Bourne for our Creating Equality Together video.

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