How to make yourself more valuable to an employer by being a flexible employee
As the Covid pandemic enters the third year, the women continue the brace of work-life, personal, and family life. Flexibility in the working conditions is currently the top priority for almost all working women. Research states that out of 10, 7 women are mentally prepared to quit their jobs for flexible jobs. The women are ready to switch jobs and shift to other companies if the employer removes the remote working system.
The recruitment and staffing agencies state that 90% of the working staff are looking for a Hybrid working mode (mixture of office and work from home) or a remote working condition. In addition, the working staff has gotten so comfortable with remote settings that they are even ready to compromise for a low salary to work remotely. Such responses come from giant companies in the Information Technology sector, banking and insurance industry, and education industry.
As per the survey records, it is easy to comprehend that over 60% of the women employees shall quit their current jobs if they are not offered a Hybrid or remote setting work condition. Only 8% of the women employees state that they wish to visit the office regularly. These women are mothers of kids and are homemakers too. With flexible family support, they want to rejoin their office daily. Besides this, companies like Tech Mahindra and Mphasis have been hiring women employees since the Covid pandemic who work flexible hours.
Post-Covid pandemic lockdown, women are focusing more on their health, wellness, and new skills and are found embracing themselves. They tend to learn and develop new skills to work in remote settings to stay connected with their family and work. A survey identifies some changes in the persona of the women for the betterment of society. Let us look at such behavioral changes.
We have always seen women favoring in-person visits to doctors, pharmacies, and banks for their work. But the Covid pandemic hit has changed the entire scenario. Now, women focus on developing technical skills and teaching themselves how to use phone payment applications, video chats, and many more.
Such digital enthusiasts have become well-acquainted with telehealth and started consulting doctors online rather than waiting for a physical appointment. These digital enthusiasts are prone to become the most famous customers of digital products and services. They are likely influenced by the marketing strategies and design of digital products and services.
Along with a tragic change in the lifestyle of the employee because of the Covid pandemic, another thing changed the world’s system: more than 50% of the women are willing to work. Out of 100%, only 12% of the women had jobs before. The women started to work on their skills to seek better job opportunities and an upgrade in salary.
- In this way, they could work in their comfort zone and stay well-connected to their families and themselves. Besides this, many companies and institutions encourage this step for women by paying them for their training period and helping them enhance their career opportunities.
- The pandemic hit has created tremendous pressure on working ladies’ and homemakers’ minds. Juggling between family life and work life and handling kids has never been easy. Hence most women have adapted themselves comfortably to a remote working environment. In this way, the women shall be able to care for themselves and their families and give constant attention to their work life.
- According to a survey, around 38.6% of the women consider a remote working environment their top priority. These women are ready to shift to companies and work for a low salary from home. Hence, flexible working hours and remote settings are no longer an additional employee bonus. It has become more like an expected feature at any work so that parents can manage their responsibilities efficiently at the workplace and at home.
- In addition to this, women were seen shrieking for remote setting work even before the pandemic hit. Managing household chores and looking after the children and family has always been strenuous. This hecticness increased during the lockdown period and remained the same post-pandemic. In such a case, taking care of family, children, and work pressure is a lot to take. However, it was one of the prime reasons women did not wish to rejoin office.
- In top places all over the country, we see that women quit their jobs for multiple reasons. Either their family is not supportive, or their caregiving duties exceed their tolerance. As the work from home policy is as successful as being in the office, most women who left their jobs for household reasons are likely to rejoin. The policy has encouraged women to take care of their personal and professional lives.
Mphasis is an Information Technology based industry that provides application development and maintenance services to its clients. During the pandemic period, the company hired over 9,000 women employees. With a total of 3,60,000 employees, the company has about 35% of the employee strength as working women. These women are well-equipped to manage their household chores and office work pressure. Capgemini, a French consulting and IT company, also has one-third of its employee strength as woman.
The Final Takeaway
Work from home is a new normal work lifestyle, especially for women. As many industries have opened gates to this policy, more women are likely to join the workforce in their flexible hours. Besides this, the flexibility given to women has also made a steady rise in their leadership position. The flexible work timings by giant companies and well-known industries are designed for a seamless work-life for women.
In addition to this, the gender diversity ratio has taken a significant jump due to hybrid and remote work settings. As this policy has become a new normal, about 95% of the women are unwilling to rejoin their offices if the employers take away the flexibility feature. Hence, to retain women employee in the companies, it is best to continue with the flexible working hours feature.