Working women find themselves pulled in multiple directions. There’s work and home, and a multitude of things in between – with roles as diverse as being a mother, an entrepreneur, or a leader. This means women are tackling different challenges on home and work fronts, trying to be the best at both. While the work-life balance is of prime importance, it also helps to understand how life at work can be made easy so that all other things fall into place.
Five major challenges women in the workforce face globally. These include equal pay, harassment, career opportunities, managing kids and rising up the leadership rung. and work-life balance.
The list remains more or less the same. Sexual harassment probably has found more attention in the startup and corporate space after the Uber incident and big corporate entities like Microsoft, and Google being called out for lack of diversity. Social media too has played a big role by motivating women to join hands and raise their voices against abuse and sexual harassment, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements garnering attention all around the globe. Gender pay parity is an issue that is widely spoken of today.
However, work-life balance remains the primary challenge that women leaders face. Climbing up the corporate ladder, becoming a leader, and making time for children and family is still not easy to achieve. Working mothers face a lot of challenges. They range from managing home, kids and office in parallel, travel restrictions due to family obligations and trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance, to name a few. Struggling between personal and professional life, work-life balance is one of the major concerns for women, especially for working mothers. As mothers, they juggle between sleepless nights and early mornings, tip-toeing around the house and making sure not to tumble over the Legos, at the same time managing to get through an important board meeting – the journey makes you learn the art of multitasking.
In the face of these challenges, how do women succeed? Women need to understand that they need to be there for each other. Also, a little indulgence in the form of me-time and time management go a long way.