"Challenges faced by Women in the Corporate World"
I had recently attended a workshop on "Challenges faced by Women in the Corporate World" and some of the points that people raised were very interesting. I would like to start a discussion about the same here so you can enumerate what challenges you think women face in the Corporate world and what are the solutions to them in your view.

From India, Gurgaon
Dear Colleague:
I welcome your maiden post in the HR Community. You have started a nice topic for discussion also. You have stated that you heard some interesting points in the workshop. Can you present them to the members of the community so that it will trigger members thoughts and that they can also pour out their ideas?
Wishing you a very active participation in this forum.
R Sundararajan

From India, Madras
I recently switched my job to a project based company in Bangalore. It's been 2 plus months I have not received a project even though being extremely talented. I find there's a lot of partiality going on within the team and team managers. Project go to only those who are manager's pet. Now, I'm asked to go to another location Mumbai for a short term project. They are threatening me to go there. In this case, what should I do? Should I put my papers as they are not listening to any of my pleas. I won't be able to go to any other location as I have commitments here. I wouldn't find a job in Bangalore, if I had to go to any other location.Please advice.
From India, Bangalore
May be challenges are being faced by everyone in the Corporate World. I will not agree that women face extraordinary challenges than men.See if we, women claim equal compensation with that of men then we have to manage tasks par with men and pose more challenges.
From India, Madras

Dear Sunny,

Indeed you have touched a very interesting topic.

Well, in the mean time i came across a very interesting article in today's Times Of India...it says that there are two major enemies that today's women face.

Well the first is of course 'Glass ceiling' which is prevalent in the corporate world for quite some time..

For those new to this concept..the meaning of glass ceiling represents a gender or racial inequality in the chances of advancement into higher levels, not merely the proportions of each gender or race currently at those higher levels. well simply put Glass Ceiling is a barrier that does not allow women (even though they are highly qualified/educated) to advance further in the hierarchal structure of the company. It may due to the gender, caste difference etc.

One of the other major enemy is called as 'sticky floor'. Its the comfort zone from which women would rather not shift,usually for personal reasons.it can be summed up: A man looks in the mirror and sees a senator,whereas a woman has to be pushed to see herself in the top jobs .

Waiting for your comments!!!

From India, Mumbai
What is suggest is first go through your employment contract/appointment letter.. In the letter if is is stated that the company has the right to transfer you anywhere in India as per the demands of the project, then there is nothing much you can do because you have already signed on the dotted line..
if the company is still threatening you to leave.. but you do not want to leave then you have no other option is to resign ..Anyways Do not worry ;the job market is improving these days, so you will surely find another job pretty soon..
All the Best!!

From India, Mumbai
I think one of the challenges would be the access to a lot of tacit information. Such informationt hat is available with support staff sucha s peons, drivers etc. or is available in the typical "washroom talk" or while smoking / drinking together. There is a different camaraderie in men and they can talk across such groups while women may find it difficult to cut into groups of specially peons/drivers/security guards etc.
From India, Mumbai
Women do face a lot of challenges but then they do come up with even better results at the end of it....
From India, Mumbai
I do agree with u sunny. Ofcourse we have many problems in the CW. For eg: Unfortunately we could not bring or drive the vehicle to the office, so we depend our male colleague to get dropped. The next moment the name of the female ee (alone)will be in the rrumor flag. This is such a pathetic and ridiculous challenge faced by women in the Corporate.
From India, Madras
The biggest challange starts from home. Even if the woman is holding a full time job, the whole responsibility of running the household still lies with her. This makes it more difficult to accept the additional stress of the office also. It keeps a lot of employees from moving out of their comfort zone even if they are qualified or talented.
From India, Bangalore

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