Women putting in 60 hrs a week at work: Assocham

Women putting in 60 hrs a week at work: Assocham
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First Published: Fri, Mar 07 2008. 05 29 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Mar 07 2008. 05 29 PM IST
New Delhi: In their desire to stay ahead with men and create a niche for themselves in a competitive work environment, majority of Indian women are putting in over 60 hours of work a week, a trend that has so far been vigorously practiced by male employees. According to a study carried out by Assocham, this is usually at the cost of women employees’ safety and security.
Key Findings
* Working women, even in conservative Indian homes are being supported by husbands and in-laws to stay late at work in order to meet their job-related targets
* Staying late has become a normal practice even in government offices by women , since they are receiving more ‘understanding’ and ‘respect’ from their families
* Corporate sector is recognizing their potential and paying them salaries and perks that are commensurate with their experience and ability
* Productivity continues to be linked with the number of hours the employee puts in. Traditionally, women have been known to keep ‘normal’ 9 am to 5 pm hours but this trend is fast changing
* Sectors in which longer working hours are embraced by majority of working women include aviation, electronics and print media, hospitality, banking and finance, retail, IT and medicine as these provide a better work environment
* Educated women are fast moving away from traditional careers like teaching, tailoring and weaving and are diversifying into male dominated professions like flying, engineering, defence, police and paramilitary services
* Working men in these sectors face stiffer challenges as compared to female counterparts; they also have to work harder to maintain an edge with women competing and aiming for the same positions, promotions, projects and job roles
* Till 2005, most working women were putting in not more than 48 hours of work but with increasing organizational pressures they are doing a lot more multitasking to establish themselves on an equal footing with male counterparts, if not to stay much ahead
* Women security is an issue that has not entirely been dealt with by employers
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First Published: Fri, Mar 07 2008. 05 29 PM IST