What’s the new normal like for women

With the new COVID-19 variant quashing any hopes of returning to offices anytime soon, will 2022 see renewed conversations around flexible work arrangements?
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With the new COVID-19 variant quashing any hopes of returning to offices anytime soon, will 2022 see renewed conversations around flexible work arrangements? And, how have these hybrid offices been able to accommodate women?

A year ago, YourStory’s Future of Work conference deliberated on whether the new normal has empowered the women workforce and helped them seamlessly divide their time between work and home.

Now, as new restrictions come into place to contain the Omicron variant, YourStory presents voices from the industry on the future of work for women.

While on one hand, the pandemic has helped women access new career opportunities from the comfort of home, it has also led to burnout as work seeps into personal space.

“For corporate India, hybrid is the new way to work. But that is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it means women get the flexibility they need, and on the other hand, if they choose that, it puts them at a slight disadvantage vis-à-vis those in office. The only way forward for organisations is to make hybrid more seamless and equitable,” says Deepshikha Dharmaraj, Chief Executive Officer - BCW India Group.

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