Soundhariya Viswanathan / Reading Time: 4 mins
The world has witnessed a lot of changes in the way we work, the pandemic has also played its part in it. Companies experimented with WFH/remote work and then as things started getting better, the concept of hybrid work came up. It has been one of the most significant changes to work arrangements where employees have the flexibility to work from home or an office at their convenience. While this shift has come with its set of challenges, it has also provided several benefits, especially for women in the workforce.
As we celebrated International Women's Day 2023 with the theme, "Innovation and technology for gender equality," we reflect on the benefits of hybrid work arrangements for women in organizations. To gain insight into this, we spoke to Supriya P (Chargebee), Shilpi Arora (inFeedo), and Poornima TM (Penthusiasts).
Here are some key takeaways from the conversation:
The Adaptive Workplace Model at Chargebee helped employees have a better work-life balance owing to
Women have been able to
Well, these are just some of the important points, read on to understand this further.
The shift to hybrid work arrangements has been an experiment for many companies, trying to find a balance between work and personal life. Although challenges remain, the benefits of hybrid work arrangements have been significant, providing employees, especially women, with the flexibility to manage their schedules better. As we continue to innovate and leverage technology for gender equality, it is essential to recognize and address the challenges women face in the workforce to create a more equitable and inclusive work environment.
In the hybrid work model, companies have seen an enhancement in collaboration and global exposure due to the ability to connect with people from different cultures and regions. However, the lack of personal bonds and spontaneous idea-sharing that is possible in a traditional setup is a struggle. Companies are putting in efforts to find ways to solve this issue. Working from co-working spaces has also helped in collaboration as employees get to be around people from different industries and scales of companies. When it comes to women, the remote work model might have made them feel stuck in a loop wherein they had to give equal time to work for and family. However, the pandemic has given women the opportunity to upskill themselves and even return to work after a sabbatical or maternity break. The hybrid work model has made it easier for women to contribute to their daily tasks and develop their professional careers.
The world has undergone a significant shift in the way we work. The pandemic has forced many organizations to adopt remote work, and now, we are seeing a trend toward hybrid work arrangements. While this shift has provided greater flexibility, it has also presented unique challenges, especially for women who are balancing both personal and professional lives. So how can women navigate this new change? Poornima shared the below points she follows.
Hybrid work is a friend for the following reasons:
Provides greater flexibility, which is especially beneficial for women who are juggling both personal and professional responsibilities.
Hybrid at-choice allows employees to decide when they want to work from home or the office. This provides greater flexibility and control over their work-life balance.
Hybrid work can be a friend or a foe, depending on the workplace culture and environment. However, hybrid at-choice is the best friend for women, providing greater flexibility and control over their work-life balance. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to determine what works best for them and to give themselves credit for the hard work they do, irrespective of whether they work from the home, office, or both.