Work From Home - Not Working?
Mariyam Vidhu Vijayan
Work-From-Home which was once a fantasy dream for women is now the new norm. This twist threw light over some hard truths.
Linkedin news India, talks about the study that says - "Women are becoming victims of the Double burden syndrome. While the remote work option has also provided more flexibility, experts say it has been tough on women as they are the primary caregivers, juggling both personal and professional commitments."
Being a woman-with-kids, who had worked outside the home, and who has been pursuing passion from home for few years, I do not need so much an explanation to get the intensity of this stress.
No doubt that when we are off to work, we can 'forget' (though it's not complete forgetting) and concentrate, while at home, we are constantly self reminded of family requirements. Needless to mention the expectations of other family members. No wonder women are dropping from the workforce.
Being in the midst of numerous things, trying to concentrate on one is like searching for a pin in the sand. But it does make hours of difference when you get the right magnet to attract it.
More often, we try to address all the issues together and end up straightening nothing. This in turn runs us through increased stress while planning to straighten multiple issues and even pushes to depression when multiple attempts in multiple issues leave no result. Why not try
> Focusing on one issue at a time,
> Try to figure out multiple ways of approaching it
> Celebrate small victories and
> Move on step by step?
> It makes a world of difference when you learn the skill of expressing your emotions rightly to other family members so that they get a glimpse of what's going inside you. 'They won't understand it' is an excuse. Come out of it with 'I need to express rightly so that they understand!'
Crink's parenting sessions and Time management are humble efforts from our end to help women run systematically their family, which seems like a big mountain so that they can pursue their ambition of work.