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Its time that our organizational policies have to be reviewed and amended if required. considering many cases in my organization how female employee struggle to keep up with office and home while their kids are unwell or have their exams in place. Is there a policy which can be introduced to make it flexible for women employees.
From India, Noida
Dear Hrisha,
While raising a query you could have given a little more information. What is the nature of your industry? What is your product or service? Do working women work in day shift only or they work the night shift also?
Policies need to be centric to the organisation's needs and culture. These need to be centric to the employees. Therefore, I recommend you taking feedback from the women employees and what challenges do they face and what could be the solution. Nevertheless, any solution recommended should not compromise their performance goals.
This participative approach will help in motivating the employees. The solution recommended need not be restricted to just the flexi-hours but may recommend automation of the systems of processes. Automation reduces the manual work of the employees.
Thanks,
Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Anonymous
We are financial services organization and there are very less women employees. I had a separate discussion with the women crowd and most of them suffer the dis-balance while their kids are unwell, no one to take care of them or have exams. Also i have noticed that since the majority is of male employees who are working hard day and night too, the level of empathy is little less. Hence these women feel pressurized as they expect them to work as equal as them. We cannot deny the fact that working moms are equally responsible for home and office and being little flexible with them will level up their motivation and they will be more productive.
Also they don't get much support from female staff who are yet to get married or dont have kids yet. If few (justified )practices in the organization can be promoted, this would help in building the culture which is practical enough to consider real case scenarios.

From India, Noida
Dear member,
On reading your post, one gets a feeling that the employees in your company are being overworked. Whether men or women, work-life balance is important for both of them.
Therefore, rather than taking an empathetic view towards minority gender, I recommend you doing a study of productivity.
First, find out how many hours each employee must work per day. Thereafter, find out what % of employees are working for more than half an hour. Find out how many employees are overworking per day.
Suppose you have 100 employees and each employee must work for nine hours then total login hours are 900. Find out how many hours are put up.
You need to study why people overwork. Is it because of less productivity or flaws in the systems or processes or because of the whiling of the time during duty hours?
In many companies, the measures of performance are defined but hours of work to render the performance are not defined. This gives the employees the freedom to work extra. When this freedom is given perpetually, working overtime becomes a norm and they get institutionalised to it (in Hindi it is called as "is company me aise hee hota hai". You need to break this mindset. No person should work more than eight or nine hours as the case may be.
Thanks,
Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
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