In most urban families in India these days, it is fairly common to have multiple wage earners. There was a time, long ago, when the man of the house was considered the bread-winner and ladies generally stayed at home and looked after their families. Today, in India, 24 % of the work force is made up of women, 117 million of them. Most of them have children to look after even as they pursue their careers. They are truly Super Moms as they rush from place to place, balancing the demands of work and family as only they can.
I’ll start with a disclaimer. I don’t work in 2013. What I write is based on my reading, and conversations with people (mostly in India) who do. The world of work is so very different from the times when I began my career in 1974. As far as the number of years go, 39 years have gone by, which is not very significant in the larger context as a number. However what is significant is the huge amount of change that has taken place since those faraway times. Continue reading
You must be having your own ideas as to what factors cause the most stress to employees. You would probably say that work and personal finance rank among the top. If you did, your views match those of many of the 16,000 participants worldwide, who took part in a recent survey done by Regus.
Would you agree that life is an endless balancing act? We are forever balancing something or the other as we struggle to meet our goals. For some it is balancing between the demands at work and the responsibilities at home, for others it could be balancing between the need to travel and the need to spend time with family. There could be many other conflicting priorities which we face in our day-to-day lives.
Do women think of the entire issue of work/life differently from the way men do? Do they attach more or less importance to related consequences on their careers? And on the choices they make for their careers? Some interesting insights
More and more people these days seem to want to be entrepreneurs. Some do so out of a feeling that they are best suited for it- others because they sense opportunities they believe have not been exploited. What kind of life do you lead as an entrepreneur? Is it the dream world that it is often made out to be? What are the challenges involved? Continue reading
Are we tilting towards work in the work-life balance equation, asks Gina Passarella in an article in Law.com. The article speaks of young associates asking for more assignments- at the cost of work-life balance- to keep their jobs in a downturn which is affecting all sections of society.