Corporate world has recognized the importance of hobbies and extra-curricular activities as being very beneficial to productivity. This is the reason why they provide stress-relieving facilities like Tennis/Badminton courts, swimming pools, sauna, common rooms, billiards/pool tables, libraries and whatnot. Companies in some countries even allow a nap, because they’ve found it boosts productivity. Companies strive to bring down the stress level of their employees, so their quality of work & productivity is not hampered. Employees are encouraged to have hobbies as they help in stress-relieving.
This said, everyone who has kids, know for a fact that kids are the best stress-busters, especially when they are young. Pregnancy is the best thing that can happen to a couple, as it progresses life, it progresses one’s name even after he/she is gone, not to mention, it brings a joy to life that cannot be filled or replaced by any other thing. I would like to point out that it brings joy to two people at a time – the Mother as well as the Father. Thus, stress-relieving is achieved for both of the working couple and their parents if they’re still working. When the kids grow up, they add to the workforce, hence contributing to the next generation of workers and managers.
Now, I would like to quote this real life experience of this hard working lady who became pregnant and would come to work daily for the first 7 months. At 7 months, her doctor advised her not to travel anymore. So, she got permission from office to work from home. She worked regularly from home and put in the stipulated man-hours till the 9th month, post which, it was impossible for her to work. When she rejoined office, she was given the lowest performance rating, NO increment, NO bonus, and to top it all, her lower rating also affected her chances of promotion.
Do you think the way she was treated was fair? Before you answer this question, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that giving birth is a very painful process. It has been widely accepted and proved that it is a pain that breaches the human capacity of endurance. Though I understand that unless one goes through the grind himself, one cannot understand the pain the other is experiencing, but pain itself is universal. Everyone knows pain and how it can incapacitate us, both at the time of pain and during the recovery period. So, why shouldn’t consideration be given to ladies in this case? After all, she is bearing the pain (undesired pain, because nobody ‘desires’ pain), so the whole family could have a stress-buster where they can relieve their whole day’s tension & stress. So, she’s not only helping the current generation & the companies indirectly improve productivities, but also generating the next line of ready workforce.
When Aishwarya Rai Bachchan became pregnant, a renowned film director gave a very derogatory statement. He said, “Women shouldn’t go ahead and make themselves look ugly. Women look good only when they maintain their figure.” Does this mean that women are only for the purpose of men’s entertainment and “use”? Is this chauvinist mentality not evident in the rapes that are happening every day? In the atrocities against women that happen on a daily basis?
Being a working and ambitious lady, if I decide that since giving birth is affecting my career, I shouldn’t give birth to a child, would these same companies survive the next generation? New generation is not only becoming your workforce, but they also are going to be your products’ consumers. Corporate world also recognizes the importance of encouragement to employees. That’s why they have incentives, certifications & competitions in place, is it not? If you give inferior treatment to ladies and ‘discourage’ them from being pregnant by inversely affecting their careers, then there would come a day when very few or rarely any lady would opt for having children. A trend has already started that since married women are expected to earn while taking care of the family and house, women are refraining from getting married. If the same tendency continues, not only would they not marry, but also won’t opt for children. And children cannot be manufactured in factories like commodities. Then let’s see how these same companies, the markets, the world economy and the human race itself survives the next 100 or so years.
For life to continue and flourish, women need encouragement and consideration. If it is not given, the free woman of today may decide to take matters to the next level and the companies will be left with old and very old workforce to cater to old and very old customers.
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