September 19, 2016 in Knowledge Cell
Many companies are now helping their employees achieve work-life integration. One such facility is providing creches for working mothers. This service has been welcomed in many foreign countries and is now finally seeping its seeds in India. With the latest recommendation from The Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry, of every company that hires woman must provide a daycare facility, there seems to be a change taking place.
Day care facilities in companies like IBM, Ernst & Young, HUL, and others have been extending support to women workers. Sameer Khanna, head of HR at Ericsson, said: “In a situation where the industry is looking at strengthening the female representation at the workplace, and looking to create an enabling environment for women at the workplace, having onsite daycare facilities will be a positive step forward.” Many female workers have also applauded this effort as usually they are compelled to either quit or take a break from their work owing to motherhood. This initiative might help them concentrate more on their work without constantly worrying about their kids.
However, there is a flipside to this. The concern that arises is, whether having a daycare at work will help or hinder the focus of working mothers. The fact that their kids would be at close quarters might entice them to keep checking on their children, wanting to spend time with them. Especially for new mothers, who possess a natural protective instinct towards their child, this might come in the way of regular workflow, thus affecting productivity. While additionally, some people are not happy with this being a legal mandate. Calling it illogical and ineffective, Sasha Sanyal, senior vice-president, strategy and transformation, diversity and inclusion leader, Genpact, said: “Some firms may not have a very large number of women employees, and some may have space constraints.”
In conclusion, it does eventually depend on each working mom. Whether they make the most out of this opportunity and help themselves achieve more at work. Or, they let their emotions take the better of them, ending up affecting their performance.