Companies Need to Do More for Working Women in the Post-COVID Workforce

Many of us still can’t believe that we’ve ushered in 2021, we thought that 2020 would never end. Last year was one year none of us thought would happen in our lifetime and in all the chaos of COVID, working women are one of the demographics that have suffered the most due to loss of livelihoods, from the migrant worker to the women working at the corporate office. According to Business Standard, the ‘COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation of women’s employment overall. Eight months after the lockdown was imposed, 13% fewer women than a year ago were employed or looking for jobs, compared to 2% fewer men, data show. Urban women saw the deepest losses.’

“More men than women lost jobs simply because there are more men than women in the labor force, to begin with”

Mahesh Vyas, managing director and CEO of the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) revealed that women have always paid the highest price when a country foes through any sort of economic shock. While no doubt both men and women have suffered the loss of jobs, “more men than women lost jobs simply because there are more men than women in the labor force, to begin with. The hit on women, especially urban women, has been disproportionately high,” said Vyas. Moreover, there has been a lot of clashes between office work and housework and much of the burden has fallen on women and with that said, there is a lot that organizations can do to make working during COVID really work well. Companies must offer flexible work hours to employees so that they are able to manage housework and childcare. It shouldn’t be a crime to log in late if they are meeting deadlines and being productive. 

Companies must create a platform for women to be able to deal with pressures from home

Moreover, employees should be given space and time to let off some steam. Coffee breaks and water-cooler chats used to be all the rage when everyone worked on site. However, now they don’t have that luxury, so companies must create a platform for women to be able to deal with pressures from home so they can have a good support system for everyday struggles. Furthermore, companies need to be more open and transparent about jobs, since the biggest worry for working women these days is job security. Juggling a professional and personal life is not a small feat and it just makes it easier when organizations give more clarity about the future and derail confusion. Confusion leads to worry and worry to stress and all of these kill productivity and happiness and let’s be honest, no one wants to start their day working feeling so negative.

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