Having observed work from home evolve and get practiced by various industries over the last 20 years, here are a few things, I believe, that work particularly for the Service Sector, each sector has their own aspects to handle, and this one is primarily focused at the Service sector.
1. Create Guidelines, don’t let it be an extended weekend
Like an office atmosphere, a set of rules need to be in place to ensure that the professionalism is present. The purpose of the guidelines is to pass on the message that Work from home is not like doing ones office work on a Weekend or a holiday, quite to the contrary, it is more like doing exactly what an office routine is, barring the physical presence (which is substituted by online presence). So to make this workable, have some basics in place like everyone needs to be online between 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, breaks are allowed, but unlike an office situation when smoke or tea breaks are taken, in this situation one takes breaks for to do house hold chores.
Secretly on the other hand there is a shift taking place, a dangerous shift. Translucent films from conference rooms are being removed, closed door meetings with women are being avoided, travel arrangements aren’t just based on business needs but whether a women is travelling along or not, misconduct underperformance and development discussions aren’t really limited between the manager and the women, they have a third individual too, and there is a talk going around on whether the email data of exited women employees need to be kept in safe custody for an elongated period of time.
As I move around talking to senior business leaders it is not uncommon to see the vulnerability the senior leaders feel when interacting women employees. As one individual put it beautifully, even income tax defaults can be reviewed till a certain period of time and then I will have the opportunity to present my case, whereas in cases like these Twitter Justice is instant without any boundaries and the degree of punishment purely dependent on one’s luck.
I don’t think MeToo ever wanted this, a wild west situation where everyone is to themselves, where the audience is really interested in the drama and who win the drama rather than who gets justice.
Compassionate and Conscious Negotiation for Women in the World of Work!
Anita, fresh out of a business school and only a few months into her first real job, was wondering, "what salary would they have offered to that guy from another campus", as her cup of coffee brewed at the office coffee machine. While she poured her coffee, her co-worker Sheila walked away with a cup of coffee wondering about another question, "I was gone for a few months on maternity leave and they had told me I would get the project lead role…but … now I don't really know!"
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