The remote working scenario brings in more challenges for working mothers as they try to balance work-life in the physical space of home. Read how you can help.
Family commitments, lack of support, travel-related challenges, and inability to keep up with technology changes have daunted working moms across APAC, as per LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2020.
Now in the new remote working scenario it brings in more challenges for them as they try to balance work-life in the physical space of home. Working mothers have suddenly found themselves trying to finish complex work tasks, home-schooling their children, and fulfilling house responsibilities - all at once. Although men have nearly tripled the amount of time they spend on child care since 1965 and the number of men who are stay-at-home fathers has doubled in the past 20 years, imbalances persist in what has been called the “invisible work” of parenting.
To help working mothers cope through these challenges, employers across the globe have come up with various solutions. Some have introduced flexi hours for not only working mothers but fathers too, exclusive apps and assistance with home-schooling has also emerged as a trend.
For organizations, their employees productivity and well-being is of paramount importance at this time of crisis. And to support them in these tough times a lot of progressive organizations have stepped up and introduced innovative ways to help them manage work-life balance while working remotely. Here are some ways in which organizations are helping working mothers and working parents:
Helping working mothers de-stress and organize their days through tech
Nishid Sachdeva, Vice President Operations and Country Lead for Optum Global Solutions, India shared, "New programs like FITWELL, PLANWELL, RAISEWELL and FIT WELL VIRTUAL have been introduced to help working mothers de-stress, organize their days, indulge in peer to peer learning, and engage with family and colleagues."
These programs include virtual sessions on mental health, meditation, healthy eating and nutrition, parenting, family and relationships, engaging kids while working from home, tax and financial planning etc.
"COVID-19 is affecting people across India and for working parents the experience has been overwhelming and exhausting. During such a time, our LIVE WELL App offers various tools through which an employee can seek to maintain healthy social and mental well-being," shares Priti Singh, Senior Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner, South Asia Mastercard.
The app offers activities such as virtual yoga and meditation sessions as well as consultation with specialized psychologists.
HGS is also helping the working mothers through virtual sessions that keep their whole family engaged. "With the intent to provide some respite, we have been conducting virtual summer camps and classes, storytelling sessions and fun games/ activities for our employees’ children, in partnership with our childcare vendors. Our most recent initiative is the ‘Positive Parenting’ program, a 4-workshop series for all our working parents. The sessions will be conducted virtually and are a mixed bag with something for parents of children across age groups," shared Shilpa Sinha Harsh, SVP – Global Corporate Communications, CSR and D&I, HGS.
Creating a space for working mothers to share their concerns
At the end of the day open conversations driven by empathy and compassion supercede all initiatives. Even while working remotely, leaders have to ensure that an inclusive and open working culture is maintained, where working mothers feel free to share their concerns.
Crisis or no crisis, organizations need to support working mothers in order to ensure the well being of working mothers all around the world so that they can enjoy the best of both the world-of being a great employee and a great mother!
Happy Mother’s Day!