Women in the Workplace: Issues and Challenges
By Krishna Reddy
An interesting survey among the top corporate giants around the world confirms that women in the workplace have proved their stupendous presence in almost every industry and in huge numbers. They are strong, smart, technically competent and emotionally valiant in comparison to their male counterparts. As such they are rightly called as the new age corporate women. But despite achieving such huge laurels, women still face many obstacles in their workplace.
一項針對全球頂級企業巨 頭的有趣調查證實，幾乎各個行業的職場女性都有突出表現，而且人數眾多。與男性同行相比，她們堅強、聰 明、工作能力超強、待人處事果敢。因此，稱她們為“新時代的企業女性”恰如其分。但是，盡管獲得了這樣巨大的榮譽，女性在職場中仍然面臨許多阻礙。
Gender bias and sexual harassment are not just what we are talking about but there are few more issues that are big hurdles for women to grow high up in the corporate scene.
Men versus women issues
Men and women are always two sides of the same coin. Each one of them has their unique charisma and each one thinks and handles the situation differently. But it is still a shame that irrespective of being equally talented there is always discrimination in the eyes of the beholder. In corporate environments, where people of both genders participate in all activities with equal vigor and enthusiasm such vague differentiation is the biggest challenge for a woman.
One must understand that a working woman loves your concern but not your sympathy. She wishes to be recognized with her talent and not her gender.
Gender bias is another challenge that many women experience at their workplace. Though we can say that corporate offices are bridging the gender gap slowly, private institutions andgovernment offices are still way far be- hind. Jobs that require frequent travel, physical exertion etc. are still open for men only as they are considered more eligible than women. Many companies while hiring women employees ask them openly about their marriage and further family planning as they cannot afford the maternity leaves and otherflexibility perks.
One must understand that women are blessed with the opportunity to bring another soul into this world and this factor must not be a hindrance for their growth and progress.
One of the most shameful and heart-wrenching challenges that women face in the working environment is the kinds of sexual abuse she is exposed to. Mostly women fall prey to cunning men who lure them on the pretext of love and sexually harass them. Many men have the notion that working women are compromising in nature which is the foundation for such vicious deeds.
Women who stand up for their self-respect do not fail to voice out their difficulties but naive and fretful women stillneed to be fed with courage and must betaught to fight back against these venge- ful men and show them their place.
Lack of role models
Women have time and again proved their capabilities in the work front but still, the top cream layer is mostly occupied by men. The challenge here is female leaders are many but role models are few. When women look up to men for guidance and mentorship they feel they are disconnected and disoriented as there is a great difference in their objectivity and style of communication.
But this challenge is slowly minimizing as more and more women are entering as managers, politicians, presidents, CEO’s and in the next few years to come, there will be more leaders who will turn role models for the generations to follow.
An office without gossipmongers is like a cake without icing. Tea breaks, lunchtime, restroom meetings are the venue and time when gossips are created and spread across. When a woman reaches a respectable position in her work there is always plenty of speculation about her journey to that position. Some comment on her ability while some comment about her friendly attitude.
辦公室沒有八卦人士，猶如蛋糕沒有糖衣。茶歇、午餐、 廁所相遇都是傳播流言蜚語的好時機。當一位女性在工作中 升至體面的職位時，人們總會對她的升職過程有諸多猜疑。有人議論她的能力,，還有人議論她友善的態度。
All you will need to do is not to reciprocate any hard feelings. Women should know to face and win over this emotional challenge in her stride. In a world where good and bad co-exists, women must grow their emotional quotient and let their work speak for them instead of engaging in verbal battles.