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Monday, July 20, 2020

Five in ten women facing motivational challenges in work-from-home scenario: Survey – Economic Times

Bengaluru: Four in 10 women are facing high levels of anxiety and stress during the current work-from-home situation, shows a new survey by Pink Ladder, a comprehensive career enhancement ecosystem for women.

The survey, titled “Remote Working And Its Impact On Women Professionals”, was carried out across 250 women across New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata.

The study finds that while 67% of the managers fare well in respecting timings, there is still a fairly large section (33%) that does not.

The current pandemic has given an opportunity for men to share the load at home, however, managers (mostly male) haven’t been sensitive to this aspect resulting in creating higher stress levels for women.

Women have also been victims to the “double burden syndrome” where they are now expected to double up on the home chores with increased workload from office, which impacts their mental well-being to a great extent.

Additionally, over 50% are facing motivational challenges in the WFH scenario. A decrease in performance and a drop in motivation end up extending the amount of time required for each task for 75% of women surveyed.

With the current business scenario, over 55% of job losses have happened to women. This has resulted in women not wanting to take the risk of speaking up for work-life balance.

“The current pandemic has given an opportunity to look at gender equality under a new lens. Leaders can make remote working more inclusive by developing policies that mitigate biases against female employees. Rigid work schedules, supervisor inflexibility, and lack of inclusivity pose enormous challenges for women right now. Coaching the male managers to develop more empathy for various roles a woman juggles during work from home (WFH) and sensitivity programmes for male colleagues to be more supportive within their families and work are two areas that need immediate attention,” said Karthik Nagendra, co-founder, Pink Ladder.

A failure to handle this well right now could result in a large part of the workforce dropping off the career journey and thereby pushing the gender diversity charter back by many decades, Nagendra added.

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