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The woes of women who work from home
A woman who chooses to stay at home and work, suffers from the enormous expectations that her own family has of her. Now that she is home, she is supposed to do almost everything from keeping track of bills, to being there for her children at all times, repairing the pesky fuse in the bathroom, taking care of the entire family's laundry and so on. As her workload triples, she often wishes she had superhuman powers and curses the day she decided to quit her regular job.

Even while Deepika is in the midst of a conference call related to work there are voices creating quite a racket in her head. She mentally ticks off the chores accomplished that morning. Jumping out of bed at 6 am she drinks a cup of tea in between making breakfast and packing lunch boxes. Bids goodbye to spouse and children and takes a deep breath. Does a quick cleaning of the house, picks up the damp towel on the bathroom floor, the clothes and toys strewn about, does the dishes, prepares a list of groceries, then remembers to take a shower.

In the midst of her five minute bath, she hears the doorbell ring. Rushing out she opens the door  for the maintenance worker standing there with a sheepish expression. He was supposed to come days before to fix the leaking tap. Wearily she lets him in, wondering how she is supposed to meet her deadlines for the day. This is a typical day in the life of women who chose to work from home.

Most women at some point in their lives opt for flexible hours. There are many who chose to quit their well paying jobs whether in the corporate sector or otherwise. The reasons vary. It could be to look after an ailing member of the family, taking care of children, moving to a new location after marriage since the husband in most cases expects the wife to relocate, an extended maternity leave, and at times simply the desire for a fresh new start. The opportunity to work from the familiarity of one’s home appears quite alluring at the beginning. Of course, you save on time and money as there is no daily commute. It gives you the freedom to work from the couch in your sweatpants if you feel like it. Yet there is always a catch to anything which sounds too good to be true.

While these ladies work as hard as in a nine to five setup their efforts are barely noticed. Most people think they are having a  party sitting at home, talking on the phone with friends, surfing the net, taking as many coffee breaks as they want to. They have all the time in the world for idle chit chat, and are basically available 24/7 for anyone who wants to drop in.

A woman who chooses to stay at home and work suffers from the enormous expectations that her own family has of her. Now that she is home, she is supposed to do almost everything from keeping track of bills,  to being there for her children at all times, repairing the pesky fuse in the bathroom, taking care of the entire family’s laundry and so on. As her workload triples, she often wishes she had superhuman powers and curses the day she decided to quit her regular job.

It’s time women who work from home got their due. They should not be punished for trying to live a better life. In most cases women sacrifice their lucrative careers in an attempt to maintain a balance between work and spending time with their loved ones. There are many who turn down promotions and better offers to devote more time to family. Ambition and career goals are put on the backburner. While these are conscious decisions taken after many deliberations, yet the repercussions are not foreseen.

Women need to put their foot down sometimes and just refuse to do all the running around. Saying no to certain tasks can be empowering. It’s better to delegate responsibilities and divide work equally. It’s important to recognize one’s limitations. Multitasking is fine but too much of it is both physically and emotionally draining. When there are so many distractions it becomes difficult to focus on the work at hand. It becomes a joyless process. As a result the whole purpose of working from home is lost.

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