Generally in our society when a woman wants to go for work, she should be ready to face difficulties in both the ways either physically and mentally. Her mindset should be ready to accept all challenges.
In earlier generations, people thought negatively about women going to work. People at home itself thought that my daughter/ sister is not listening to elders/parents words. She is adamant, aggressive and that woman’s character is not good. To add to this this neighbors also add more fuel into the fire saying. “Don’t send woman/girl to outside job. If they go for job they won’t listen to us and working women don’t respect us.” These are the different rewards we will get from home as well as from neighbors.
But now current generation break that thought. Now many women/girls above 21 years come for work. We can see females work as Scientist, Collector, IPS, Police, Doctor, IT company, Teacher, Artists, film makers, Conductor, female at petrol station auto /Cab drivers etc. I agree we did a very big achievement when compared to earlier generation, but still we struggle in our life in day to day activities. Why? Reasons are lack of support from family, dependency and society. How we can fill this gap? That is what I am investigating and my understanding about life style/ struggles are briefed here.
A successful married life means, both partner should have these 5 best qualities Emotions under control, Maintain self respect as well as respect to each other feelings and views, Compromising, listening & working in day-to day activities; otherwise this will lead to divorce/break-up. Apart from all we need money to maintain all the above mentioned 5 qualities.
At middle class level, running a family with no debt, luxurious life style, maintain social status and finally money is the root cause for a women to come for work. Since we don’t have sufficient money to survive in society, women come to work.
Let’s discuss more about women working in IT companies:
Now-a-days, most of IT companies do the recruitment in the name of campus recruitment. For campus recruiter salary package is minimal. As a corporate perspective it is a cost cutting. But as a fresh new joiner it’s lump sum package for employee.
A female above 20 to 25 years surviving in IT sector is easy, when compared after 25+years. When they join organization technology, work culture , workplace everything is new for them. To gain work experience and to raise voice it will take minimum 5 to 6 years in organization. Moreover other struggles for this age group if they go late evening they are answerable for their families and parents will not allow to work late evening\late night work. Also, it will take 5 years to get know IT tactics.
However, many male employees will give helping hand and some people will do work including coding/ testing everything on behalf of the girl. Freshers no need to worry at all, if that girl asks 1 doubt immediately many, minimum 6 male employees, will come to desk try to speak in the name of help. Reason here infatuation/Age matters here.
When a woman who is above (26 -30 years) at one stage if they settle down after marriage. Real struggle starts here. She need to perform different roles employee role, parent/mother role, care taker role, wife role etc. There is no words to describe their struggles. How to overcome these obstacles. Ofcourse Husband, Parent, Family members, Friends, Society need to give full support.
In IT companies nowadays, many women are reluctant to get married, to give baby birth, the reason is if they ask for leave means company will give permanent leave. By thinking this many girls are not marrying. Some married girls not showing up as married they feel it will downgrade their career.
Female entering to step in the name of marriage /family bondage, is it career downgrade? I strongly oppose this view. Women strength/weakness is women itself. Their confidence level comes down after marriage due to dependency in decision making.
During Pregnancy female struggles:
Their situation is very bad, If female takes leaves during pregnancy due to sickness then she will be marked as unfit, taking more leaves. Manger will not allow to take leaves. This situation makes her to avoid taking leave and she is indirectly forced to come for work till her delivery date.
Female goes on Maternity Leave:
A female takes leave pre/post leaves means nobody will give project. Reason Manager will say you will be going on maternity leave I cannot allocate in my project, it affects my project deliverables. If women comes back after maternity leave means Manager will say you have taken long leave not sure whether you able to balance your work and moreover this project executes in shift basis not sure whether you will be able to work on shifts.
Female joining after Maternity Leave:
In case if women accepts all challenges and continued for job means in the next appraisal manager will say “First you prove yourself in the team. I appreciate your work, sincerity and loyalty but still you need to prove your leadership” this is the answer we as female employee gets from our superiors. It’s very hard to prove after coming back from maternity leave. I experienced, this is something equivalent to starting to our career from the beginning. Woman after marriage nobody will help and we will not get any helping hand from anyone.
By chance, if female proved that she is best team player means next we hear gossip from other male employees. Stating she is woman, she impressed manager that’s why she got. This is reward we will get.
By facing all the situations if she continues to come for work by overcoming all difficulties then as organization perspective, she is marked as low performer and we will be given low rating in appraisals, and we need to face other challenges like Blacklisting for project allocation, profile mask, transfer etc and now newly added TOF (Time on Floor).
Finally women are not able to succeed or achieve anything in their lifetime either in workplace or at Home. We talk about equal rights for women but still not implementing it anywhere
NDLF IT Employees Wing