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4 Obstacles Women Still Face in the Workplace

Hamsa Ramesha | AdminSecret

February 16, 2010


1. BABY MAMA

Congratulations on your new baby! Now if you’re looking forward to some extra paid time off, think again. Companies are not required to provide paid maternity leave, and most don’t. So women who do get pregnant face a financial disadvantage in addition to many other possibly negative factors like putting their career on hold.

While there are a host of pregnancy discrimination legalities in favor of women, the fact remains that getting pregnant is like getting punished when it comes to work. Six weeks of unpaid maternity leave and 12 weeks of additional unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 are great starting points, but more should be done to support new working mothers.

The solution?

It’s time for employers to loosen up. Companies should incorporate flexible work options such as telecommuting and non-standard business hours. It’s these kinds of methods that work for successful companies like Google!

Workplace flexibility is a defining factor for job seekers as both women and men make it a priority over career advancement. Even law firms are getting into this movement: Allen & Overy announced that it is letting people become part-time partners — meaning mothers can work 50 hours a week instead of the 80 hours lawyers are notorious for. Hey, it’s a start!



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    ShipraKaul

    over 2 years ago

    4 comments

    With the time they will surely cover and get over every obstacle they face.Its pretty strange to know that more women in US are doing job then the men.

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    JohnsonSmith

    almost 3 years ago

    8 comments

    Women always have to face the problem but for that they have to make themselves strong so that no one can take their wrong use
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    LDW

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Custom web design is a great field for women, because of our design talent and acute eye for colors.

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    jb4522jb

    almost 4 years ago

    64 comments

    IT always has to do with the pay when it comes to women. They struggle to get the pay of men. milwaukee accutane attorneys

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    Account Removed

    over 4 years ago

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    What we need is a positive approach to life and business in an attempt to increase personal, corporate, national, and international welfare.

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    crespin79

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Some thoughts on women:

    Men and women should operate as a team, both within a corporate environment and outside one with synergy in mind. Members of either gender should not feel threatened by the presence or performance of the opposite sex. What we need is a positive approach to life and business in an attempt to increase personal, corporate, national, and international welfare.

    The social, cultural, and political attitudes of modern society have enabled women to seize some power from men, despite being treated unfairly by unethical leaders, who continue to reinforce the "glass ceiling" and, in some cases, despite having to leave the workforce due to family considerations, and then return a few years later. Women understand that fruitful conversations promote sound business relationships and teamwork, thus contributing to an improvement in the bottom line.

    Women are usually well organized: they manage a dual career, as homemakers and professional employees. Women often regard their fellow employees as family and take time to ascertain their personal needs. Hence, they can sometimes be taken undue advantage of. Competition is strange to most women because they were groomed for caring, rather than winning!

    Fay Weldon, a writer, stated, “Worry less about what other people think of you, and more about what you think about them.” A former mayor of Ottawa once said, “Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought of as half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult!”

    When women start to follow in the footsteps of many men, by being intoxicated by power, they lose their identity and bearings. Women should focus on a diplomatic approach and learn how to exude self-confidence while maintaining self-respect and deal with the competition without being intimidated or taken undue advantage of.

    Women who achieve powerful positions in the corporate world may be subjected to personal and professional attacks because of their gender. Independent women are strong, fearless, and in control of their homes, families, emotions, and their working environment. They tackle problems with a heads-on approach, being steadfast in their pursuit of success and happiness.

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