Women are Happy in the Work­places Now!


Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - - Abhrekha Jain

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A news ar­ti­cle can in­clude ac­counts of eye­wit­nesses to the hap­pen­ing event. It can con­tain pho­to­graphs. To­day with evo­lu­tion of tech­nolo­gies and gad­gets like mi­crowaves, wash­ing ma­chines, mix­ers, juicers etc. life has be­come eas­ier and women can af­ford to have some­time for them­selves.

Women are re­al­iz­ing im­por­tance of be­ing happy and are now more in­de­pen­dent, con­fi­dent, in­no­va­tive and aware. Even as home­maker, I see many women tak­ing care of their fit­ness (gym, Zumba) and hob­bies such as singing, painting, danc­ing etc.

Ba­si­cally, tak­ing time for them­selves to en­sure their well -be­ing and hap­pi­ness. With chang­ing times, work places have also be­come more in­clu­sive now and help women con­tinue with work post their ma­ter­nity breaks etc. by pro­vid­ing work from home or flexi op­tions. Thus, mak­ing women ca­reers more ful­fill­ing & sat­is­fy­ing. They are able at­tain a per­fect work life bal­ance and en­joy their moth­er­hood/wom­an­hood along with work. Cor­po­rates have a big role in en­sur­ing that women can con­tinue work even through many changes that hap­pen in their lives. Con­duc­tive poli­cies, a mind­set and cul­ture that sup­ports men and women equally, are key. I am blessed to work for such an or­ga­ni­za­tion who not only sup­ports em­ploy­ees to at­tain work life bal­ance, it also

en­cour­ages to take care of our health/well­ness by hav­ing yoga/er­gonomics ses­sions etc. at of­fice.

For those women read­ers who are still in dilemma to work or not to work, my sug­ges­tion af­ter 12+ years of cor­po­rate job would be to un­der­stand the deep de­sire within and where your ac­tual hap­pi­ness lies. I have seen women who are bril­liant as home mak­ers and have seen equally happy women lead­ers. Thus, the choice is on us of what we want to do, why and when. Like ear­lier times it’s not nec­es­sary to step out of home and work. I have seen women com­ing out of their com­fort zone and ex­plore new op­tions. While tech­nol­ogy is im­por­tant, so­cial me­dia can help de­velop your hob­bies or any small-scale busi­ness. You can learn to-dos and how-tos on In­ter­net or Youtube. They can help tak­ing your art to the next level. They also make it easy to get con­nected to ev­ery­body. E.g. – as a baker, one can start sell­ing cook­ies and cakes from home it­self. One can also do trad­ing from home with the help of tech­nol­ogy. Af­ter chil­dren grow up, one may be­come frus­trated, as there is no pur­pose that’s ful­fill­ing and makes you happy. That’s why one should pur­sue a hobby, even if it’s just singing at home! Women aren’t ma­chines nei­ther are they me­chan­i­cal. They can start a small busi­ness or give tu­itions at home. I be­lieve ev­ery sin­gle hu­man is blessed with a cer­tain skill set. Use it to your full po­ten­tial so that you feel happy.

I was cam­pus placed in 2006 af­ter com­plet­ing my en­gi­neer­ing, af­ter two years I got mar­ried and even­tu­ally was blessed with two adorable boys.

In usual sce­nario, women quit their jobs af­ter chil­dren more­over when they don’t have any fam­ily sup­port. I took ma­ter­nity break but con­tin­ued stay­ing up­dated with tech­nol­ogy as well as ex­plor­ing op­tions to con­tinue per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally.

Since, there were no­body el­derly stay­ing with us, the best op­tion was to send child to the day-care. The thought was lit­tle painful as I never went to day care and had ob­vi­ous ap­pre­hen­sions about it. But soon look­ing at my child’s de­vel­op­ment and in­de­pen­dent be­hav­ior, all my in­hi­bi­tions were gone. Of course, there were chal­leng­ing days when I had to send my chil­dren to day care with medicines while I had some im­por­tant meet­ing to at­tend. I was a strong mother, may be these ex­pe­ri­ences made me stronger.

I was de­ter­mined to con­tinue to work how­ever, I took a less chal­leng­ing role at the of­fice so that I had enough en­ergy to play with my chil­dren once am back from of­fice. I be­lieved in qual­ity time that quan­tity, I played with them, en­joyed my moth­er­hood and nar­rated them sto­ries and im­por­tance of be­ing kind and com­pas­sion­ate.

Time passed and they grew lit­tle older, mak­ing me proud in which­ever way they could, I saw them beam­ing with con­fi­dence and de­liv­er­ing their best, the virtue I had in­her­ited from my par­ents, I saw the same in them.

Apart from day-care fa­cil­i­ties, flex­i­ble op­tions at work­place and my strong will power to con­quer the world amidst all odds, my strong­est pil­lar of strength till date con­tin­ues

to be my hus­band Tushar Sahlot.

I proudly men­tion that till date he is the one who gets

up ev­ery night to at­tend chil­dren (like ear­lier they wanted milk bot­tle or chang­ing di­a­pers etc.). An ex­tremely dot­ing fa­ther and sup­port­ive hus­band; he stands by me and en­cour­ages me to re­al­ize my dreams.

In to­day’s world, while women are tak­ing up more roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties it be­comes equally im­por­tant for men to come out of their com­fort zones as well and start re­spect­ing and shar­ing house­hold work.

To the read­ers who are think­ing that I am an old woman whose chil­dren are mar­ried or will be mar­ried soon,

I am still a young mother of two adorable boys (3.5 yrs. & 8 yrs.). I am also learn­ing and grow­ing, and my ex­pe­ri­ences and sug­ges­tions may not be the best ones. Each one to their own and every­one has their own sit­u­a­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences, how­ever one thing is for sure, we have one life and we need to make most of it. do not de­lay your hob­bies or do­ing some­thing which you re­ally want... there may not be an­other to­mor­row make most of to­day, there would never be an­other you. Make most of your­self!

Meet Abhrekha Jain Sahlot, the name is de­riv­a­tive of her par­ent’s name ( Abhay & Rekha). Al­ways “16” at heart, she is full of life, en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm. A gold medal­ist com­puter en­gi­neer she has been work­ing with top MNC for over 12 years now. A dot­ing mother of 2 boys and lov­ing daugh­ter, sis­ter & a wife, life has given her var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore and she seems to have taken best of ev­ery­thing.

How­ever, cur­rently, she en­joys shar­ing her bless­ings with fel­low women by ad­dress­ing women and par­ent­ing fo­rums and help­ing women in her ca­pac­ity and spread mes­sage & the im­por­tance of be­ing happy & con­tent

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