What has COVID taught us? Many things, but one surprising element that the pandemic has allowed us all to evaluate over the past 15 months is work, life balance. Most importantly, how productive men and women can be working “from home.” For the purpose of this article, let’s focus on the women. It is a known fact that wives and mothers multi-task all the time, with shuffling kids to school, then to after school activities and appointments, while mentally planning meals, shopping lists all around a career/job.
What the pandemic has shown us with the shift to working from home, is that women can be even more productive. In a recent survey, 83% of employers said the shift to remote work has been successful for their company.
Of course, we cannot minimize that juggling work, children and house and errand responsibilities from our home offices can prove “just as challenging” as heading into the office. However, eliminating commutes, daycare and after school care, reducing gas and other “at work” expenses, while gaining convenience and flexibility enables us to work for efficiently. For decades, women have strived to find the “holy grail” that is called ‘work-life balance’ and could we have stumbled upon it in unfortunate circumstances?
It is difficult to Covid-19 and positive together, but the pandemic has resulted in increased demand for work-at-home jobs and many of those favor women. Virtual call centers and work-from-home businesses seek empathetic, competent people for online customer sales and support.
Personally, I welcome the idea of increased work-from-home options, for a few reasons. One, the continued global urbanization will slow lending support to the fight to decrease global warming with less office buildings. Two, less traveling to and from work will help to decrease carbon emissions, again benefiting mother earth, and lastly, mothers (and fathers) can benefit with a less hectic pace and quite possibly, achieve something closer to work-life balance.
Could COVID have brought around the holy grail of work life balance for many women? Though many women have jobs and careers that involve caretaking which cannot be done from home, many do have business and clerical work that could benefit from the increased positivity that is surrounding working from home.
What are your thoughts?