Are women forced to “Opt Out” of jobs ?

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    Reference article from HBR  https://hbr.org/2014/12/rethink-what-you-know-about-high-achieving-women;

    When we walk into an office,the surmise is each person will perform and work as hard as the next. The performance has to be consistent (day on day , month on month ) , irrespective of pressures and pulls outside the workplace. For a woman , the post office life changes drastically post marriage and completely post pregnancy . We have a variety of issues to contend with, along with a hyper emotional conscious that tires us out, body and soul.

     

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    It is important to give employees (men or women) leeway to decide their work day etc. especially if they have a proven track record of good work. This should be monitored. If they continue to juggle their work and other responsibilities well, it should be a win win situation for everyone. However, it is true that team management activities or customer facing roles are often time bound and flexibility is not probable .

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      It is unfortunate that working women have to contend with disproportionate effort outside office hours. However, within office they cannot expect the same salary for less work.

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    Women are important part of the workforce and in fact contribute more man-hours than men. That’s my two cents of observation.

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    Women face the ultimate challenge during the hiring process itself – if unmarried the question arises, when will she marry and move out?
    If she is married – then what kind of a job is her spouse in – if HIS job is transferable – then how long ago was the previous transfer?
    The next question – if she is married – does she have children? How old are they? Does she have home care?
    The pre-side to this being – is she pregnant? If yes – when is she expecting?
    Assuming the above boxes are ticked for a positive – then comes the issues – can she/ will she travel? If she does travel how expensive shall it be for the company to keep her in a safe environment?
    Then the issue which is even more basic – does the company / plant actually have rest rooms for women? If they do not – then hiring a female would mean spending thousands building a toilet for 1 employee.

    So companies chose to hire/not hire (opt out of hiring) for critical jobs based on these parameters, which have absolutely nothing to do with their competence.
    Companies chose to NOT hire women – “because it is tough handling a woman” – as they put it. (based on the complex parameters I have listed above)

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