PT DAHANA is implementing the Respectful Workplace Policy (RWP) as an effort to campaign for a safe working environment for all, particularly female employees. RWP which also translates as respectful behavior policy in the workplace itself is a policy issued by the Minister of SOEs Erick Thohir on the occasion of 2022 Kartini Day,
Ayudia Sasmaya of PT DAHANA’s Human Capital Management unit said that the Company welcomes and is ready to support the RWP program that has been rolled out by the Ministry of BUMN. She hoped that with the RWP program employees can work happily because the work environment is safe with no discrimination and intimidation.
“We see this program as very useful for ensuring a safe work environment, respecting and protecting the dignity of employees as human beings. This program prioritizes mutual respect, freedom from discrimination, exclusion or restrictions, violence, bullying and harassment as well as various other forms of violence, both mentally and physically, for all DAHANA employees,” said Ms Sasmaya in Subang (16/11/23).
The work environment of PT DAHANA’s main business line, namely the mining sector is attributed to masculinity. Gender inequality is visible from the number of KPP field employees in which the number of female employees is only 1.5% of the total employees (October 2023). There are only 8 female employees out of a total of 503 field employees. Meanwhile out of the total number of divisional employees (PLP and KPP) of 612 people, the number of female employees is of the 29 (5%).
With regards to this, DAHANA’s female employee Deya Kemalasari revealed that female employees in the field have certain difficult situations compared to those working in offices. Female employees in the field are generally exposed to discriminatory social views.
These views include, among others, women are seen as weaker than men, so they are not suitable for mining work which actually relies on physical strength. Women also face traditional views where women are supposed to focus more on domestic responsibilities so they often are in conflict with their career preventing them from being flexible in field work placements which are often in remote locations. In addition, facilities such as bedrooms, toilets, safe and separate changing rooms are not always available at every project site.
“These conditions make women in this industry vulnerable to unfavorable treatment such as exclusion and harassment at the start of their careers. A leader, in this case the site coordinator, has an important role in creating a comfortable work atmosphere which is free of discrimination and harassment as they are in direct contact with workers in the field. To realize RWP values, good leadership actions are required to maintain the work and social environment to make sure that everyone becomes productive. This is important to achieve company goals and to achieve the Company’s vision and mission,” said Ms Kemalasari.
Ms Kemalasari emphasized that realization of RWP cannot be separated from the Company’s serious efforts to respect and maintain diversity in the work environment such as provision of basic needs for work such as toilet facilities, safe rooms and firm action against perpetrators of workplace harassment must be enforced.