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Society has so many labels for women. This Women’s Month, remind yourself not to fall into the trap of letting others determine who you are through a one dimensional term.

As Jaguar Land Rover South Africa’s Head of HR and Training, I always strive to ensure that every single individual, both internally at head office and externally throughout our retailer network, can enjoy and excel at what they do. I’m sure you noticed my use of the word individual rather than employee. What may seem insignificant at first read, forms the cornerstone of my approach to my career.

The culture at Jaguar Land Rover is best described by one word, family. As a relatively small team, we make an adamant point of taking the time to get to know one another on a more personal level. The fostering and nurturing of this kind of behaviour has resulted in a culture of greater support, respect and understanding for not only the jobs we do, but also the personal investment every individual makes towards their successful completion.

During my time at Jaguar Land Rover, I have continuously made it my mission to treat everyone I come in contact with as unique individuals. Through the design, development and implementation of an integrated people strategy across the entire value chain of our business, I feel that a strong foundation has been laid. A specific programme that stands out in my mind is the custom designed, first-of-its-kind leadership development programme, which offered everyone a leadership development journey, customised to their personal development areas, as opposed to a one size fits all solution.

As someone who quite honestly came into HR by accident, I spent the first 16 years of my career in Operations, I hope to make a mark as an individual who encouraged and created an environment in which women of our brands and beyond, were given the support they needed to be people in their own right. To be their own cheerleaders, celebrating their successes, learning and rebounding from missteps, and recognising their own worth rather than waiting on someone else to provide them with the recognition they deserve. And being in the field I am in, I want nothing more than for individuals to find more than just a job but a career that they love and fulfils them. I strongly believe the age old cliché, “do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”.

As a mum to two young wonderful ladies, I know that I am in a position to do more than just hope for better and brighter working futures for them. I can help create policies that effect change that will see them through to new heights.

As women, let’s remember to uplift one another this Women’s Month and beyond.

Tanya Ramlagan, Head of HR and Training, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa