Disclaimers from the (Indian) Working Woman
Women will be occupying at least 50% of the Indian workforce in a few years, with the ‘working woman’ population growing at a rapid pace. While the infrastructure of the Indian Corporate world may be blooming, the work environment could get a few shades better. It is high time now that women stop being treated as minority, or a special class of human beings at work. Women too need to cast aside their “Special” Tag and let workplace be a War among Equals!
So here is a definitive list of “Disclaimers” from your quintessential working woman for the Men and Women who still have some getting used to to do!
There is variety in a woman’s work wardrobe, Get used to it!
A sari does not indicate seniority, pearls dont add depth to our experience. We can rock Indian, Fusion and Western at work, that’s one of the advantages of being a woman, and it does not mean we are any more or less serious about work. Our attire and our work ethic are mutually exclusive. For a plethora of interesting work wear options head to KAARYAH.com
A less demanding job is a choice not a step down.
We sometimes take on roles that aren’t as glamorous or power packed, and that is ok! We can choose what we do with our careers, even if it may seem like a step down for you, we are actually moving ahead in our chosen path. Do not write us off if we have let go of a promotion or settled into a supposedly cushier job, we are still quite driven and ambitious. Our potential is not a measure of how many promotions we have secured or what the “power quotient” of our chosen career is.
Packing up at 6 means efficiency not slack
We do not understand the pride you feel in staying late at work, it indicates that the 8 working hours weren’t enough to complete your commitments for the day. This goes for men and women, who exhibit, with honour the absence of life outside of work. While you may have chosen that lifestyle, some of us prefer a healthy work-life balance. If this means being extra efficient and winding up on time, then we plead guilty as charged.
We get dirty jokes, sometimes even better than you
Please, and we mean this with all our heart, do not snigger unceremoniously when you think you have scored a really dirty one. We got the joke guys! If only there were more women around we would have guffawed loudly, even added to the joke, but we settle for an eye-roll. And more often than not we don’t laugh because you completely messed up the punch line, we could have done a much better job of nailing that joke.
A marriage or a baby is not Goodbye for ever
Don’t ask us if you can have our jobs after we leave, we aren’t going anywhere. We will be back, baby bump included, so maybe you need to make a little more room for us than usual (Wicked grin). Let’s just leave it at that, will talk when we meet next!
-Signing off (for now)