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If you are a working woman, you acknowledge that workplaces aren't exactly fair all the time, but you may not be able to do anything about it.
If you are a working woman, you acknowledge that workplaces aren’t exactly fair all the time, but you may not be able to do anything about it.
Despite the best practices today on Diversity and Inclusion, we still see small numbers in the C-suite. Some may argue that it is because women are compelled to fall off the career trajectory when their families demand more of their time or even that women prioritize their personal lives over their careers out of their own choice.
But the woman that chooses to stay and grow in the workplace knows but cannot always point to an explicit bias.
This is not about being blindsided by the compensation paid to her peers or her having to wait longer for that promotion, as those are just consequences.
It is about the subtlety with which her boss gives that important and visible piece of work to her male colleague, who is available to work at midnight. Yes, she will not prioritize that because she chooses her sleep to be able to wake up and get her kids ready for school the next morning.
It may also be about the casual stand up meetings the guys have over a smoke outside the office or their sports chats over lunch that helps them build the working relationship that is required to get the job done. What choice does she have but to fit in to the boys club? What if she chooses not to? If she doesn’t want to fit in, does she make peace that its not a fair world? That the pace of her career is because of her personal choices?
Inclusion, to me, is not having to fit in at all. Diversity demands that opportunities are equitable, because resulting rewards are a function of opportunity.
So its the process that we need to focus on. When we continue to demand that companies publish their average salaries by gender or that companies have programs to hire more women, we continue to focus on the outcomes rather than the process that leads there.
Unless we have more men demanding to have the choices that women conveniently make, more men and women being sensitive to their unconscious biases, more organizational cultures wanting to change the the everyday work ethic, the opportunity divide will exist. Diversity and inclusion would remain a lip service.
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From all news reports, clearly, Aftab Poonawalla seems to be a psychopath, and It was a well-strategized story of domestic violence, abuse, subjugation, and a well-planned murder.
Trigger Warning: This deals with domestic violence, gaslighting, murder, and abetting violence, and may be triggering to survivors.
One case has gripped the nation and I do not need to mention which. My problem is with how the news reflects a victim’s character. The disrespect we show to someone who was long abused and lives no more is appalling. The disservice we do to her through spoken and written words lies in the sensationalizing of the entire case.
How do you spot a crazy human? They do not have two horns and red eyes. They may have no empathy but will show it to lure the victim, just like a child abuser lures a child with candy. Their grooming styles may vary but it is mostly about creating an untrue sense of safety and security around the victim. They present themselves as this effortless savior, an ultimate generous destination for a mentally and emotionally vulnerable person.
Fathers play a crucial role in nurturing and raising children, so why isn't paternity leave considered essential?
Some time ago, Bollywood couple Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were in the news, yet again. An entertainment website, Bollywood Hungama, reported that the expectant father, Ranbir, wished to take paternity leave to spend time with his baby when it arrived.
The website claimed that the actor would not be signing new films for the time being. He would take care of the child, while his wife Alia would return to work at the earliest.
One would think the internet would laud this sweet and thoughtful gesture. Instead, Ranbir got trolled for his decision to be a stay-at-home dad. Netizens made fun of him; they claimed that it was because he had no offers in the pipeline, and Alia was far more successful than him. Others claimed that it was the right decision – his recent films (other than Brahmastra) had bombed, and it was time he reflected on his roles.
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