COVID-19 impact: Remote working has not made life easier for women techies
Remote working might not really be a boon for women techies. A study by IT firm Hexaware Technologies suggests that it has had a negative impact on the women workforce, who are more stressed due to pressure from both work and home fronts.
The research was done to understand the impact of work from home (WFH) on women, said Hexaware CEO R Srikrishna. According to the report, there is a twofold to threefold increase in the workload of women employees.
This should not come as a surprise given that as primary caregivers, the entire burden of taking care of children, elderly and managing household duties fall on women. Also, Srikrishna pointed out that there is a huge difference in the way society views men and women working from home.
Saundarya Rajesh, Founder – President, Avtar Group, a diversity and inclusion solutions firm, agreed that blurring boundaries between work and home are a major challenge. “With women (especially in India) continuing to be responsible for the majority of the household responsibilities as also that of care-giving, treading the fine line of well-integrated work and life becomes a day-to-day challenge,” she said.