What workplaces should offer to women
We have come a long way, and today, the working woman, as a worldwide phenomenon, is not quite as bizarre or exceptional as it was, a few decades ago. Working women have permeated almost all spheres of work, and can be found in great abundance in the corporate world as well. An MBA degree, or any other training in business-management can qualify a woman as well as a man, for a good, well-paying job.
However, one can still sense a slightly discriminatory pattern in most corporate sectors. Unlike men, very few of the women manage to struggle to good positions in the corporate sector. And this is because of the underlying discrimination which is at work in this field. While women are good workers, most chauvinistic people believe that women in positions of authority cannot handle, or live up to the pressure of such responsibility. The assumption being, that while women are getting office jobs, and are coming into the corporate sector, they are still weaker than the men. And they cannot handle the pressure and the job demands as well as a man can.
This attitude of indulgence towards women needs to be removed from offices. Firstly, an office should offer a woman a friendly environment to work in. The workplace should screen each of the employees, whether male or female, about their attitude towards women in workplaces. This establishes a friendly environment for a woman to work in, and not an antagonistic, patronizing one. The workplace should also have strict rules about discrimination. Non- discrimination policies should allow a woman as well as a man to be considered for a bigger position solely based on their work and performance at the workplace.
The salaries for men and women should be equal at all workplaces. This is the most basic rule which will help avoid discrimination against women. Both the genders, at a particular level in the office/workplace, should be given the same amount as the salary. This will promote healthy competition, without making gender an ugly issue.
There should be no gender-based dress-codes against only women. All work places have a dressing etiquette, and that should be applied to both men and women. A Specific dress-code for women signifies a patronizing attitude, as well as male-dominance. This should not be allowed. Also, issues of sexual harassment against women should be dealt with severity and seriousness. Most offices, though they have such policies in paper, generally try to placate the women with a bonus, and let the perpetuators of the harassment get away scot-free. This cannot be allowed.
A number of workplaces refuse to hire married women or women in general, on account of the fear that they will be taking maternity leaves at some point or the other. Maternity leaves for all women should have standardized rules in all workplaces. Women should be allowed to take leave, with some amount of payment for the first few weeks of her leave. This should not be held against a woman.
The basic fact remains, however. Men need to get over their feeling of superiority in order to truly accept a woman into their working spheres. The patronization and the indulgent attitude should be removed in order to truly create an egalitarian environment at the workplace.