Let’s talk about…Work-Life-Balance
What's important to women in STEM professions...10 May 2023
A good balance between work and life is important for all employees, regardless of their career field or gender. However, for women in STEM professions, it may be even more important to achieve a healthy. work-life balance due to some specific challenges.
Unfortunately still a fact about today’s society: many old patriarchal structures yet have to be overcome and care work continues to lay largely on the shoulders of women. And as long as this is the case, women also need other mechanisms in order to be able to reconcile career, family, social obligations and private life.
STEM professions are often seen as especially demanding and time-consuming. Many of these professions require long hours and have strict deadlines, which can lead to a high workload and stress. Another factor that can affect the work-life balance of women in STEM occupations is the often lower presence of women in these occupations. Women can feel isolated or uncomfortable working in an environment where they are a minority.
However, there are strategies that can help women in STEM professions achieve a better work-life balance. These include flexible work schedules that allow female workers to adjust their hours to fit their family and social commitments, expanded options for parental leave, and a supportive work environment that considers the needs of female employees. We also need a big focus on reducing gender pay gaps. Companies can furthermore establish mentoring programs and networks for women in STEM professions to encourage sharing and collaboration to help women achieve their career goals without compromising their work-life balance.
Overall, it is important that employers as well as society recognize the importance of a healthy work-life balance for women in STEM professions and develop strategies to support and promote these employees.
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