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How Co-working can help new mothers get back to work

The transition from maternity period to daily corporate job is a bit stressful. However, corporate are now flexible and offer their employees the comfort to work from co-working spaces closet to their homes. So that, the new mom is free from the hassles of travelling long hours to work and back home, can totally concentrate on work and parallelly check on her new born.

Nowadays women are joining workforce is almost equal to men but very reach the top management. there are multiple reasons for the women to either leave or get pushed out of the career in mid-term. The reasons, especially in the Indian context, are culture,  pregnancy & childcare,  domestic chores, gender discrimination at work, security,  work conditions, and many more.

In India women makes up to 27% of workforce at the entry level but only 5 % reached the top management, whereas the global average for the same is 20 %

A research by the Booz and company states if women are employed equally to men than the Gross Domestic Product of India can go up to 27%. 

There are a lot of urban women who quit they jobs post baby every year so that they could take care on their toddlers. Many of these women have been working with top-notch companies with fancy designations and many of them have been on the verge of their next big promotion and then had to take a break from their fulfilling jobs.

Well, it is not only because they want to be full-time moms, but another fact is that lack of mother and child-friendly policies by corporates. The current maternity leave is barely enough for new moms to get back to their professional lives. And if it is a nuclear family then the pressure would be double, as they would be many concerns, the biggest concern would be, who would take care of the baby when the parents are away. Many women end up quitting their careers because of these concerns.

43% of women of highly qualified women with children are leaving careers or off-ramping for a period of time.

You want to work and grow in your professional life, on the other hand, you do not want to leave your child at a day-care and keep worrying. Having said this, parents do not want to miss any of their toddler's activities.

Most of the new moms find it difficult to juggle between work and home. Is it possible to work and keep a close watch on your baby? Yes, It is. The concept “walk to work” is gaining huge popularity, especially among software engineers and employees.

73% of women try to restart their career after a voluntary timeout for childcare or other reasons but find it difficult to get the job.

Co-working spaces are smartly spread across the city, so you have the liberty of accessing the nearest one to your home.

Here is how co-working space can help new mothers get back to work

1. Getting back to work

The transition from maternity period to daily corporate job is a bit stressful. However, corporates are now flexible and offer their employees the comfort to work from co-working spaces closet to their homes. So that, the new mom is free from the hassles of traveling long hours to work and back home, can totally concentrate on work and parallelly check on her new born.

2. You need not pitch your next presentation in front of the mirror!

The co-working space provides abundant human interaction, that reminds the person that they are part of something really great. Women can leverage the sociality of large office which comes without the claustrophobic cubicles. it helps in developing  Interpersonal relationships which give the best results professionally and personally.

Sharing ideas and embracing flexibility, shared working space encourages flexibility and interaction, which leads to spontaneous creativity and innovation.

3. Finding a right balance

Though you have the comfort of working from home, then priorities would change with a situation. While you would be busy with a critical project and suddenly your toddler wakes up, your focus shifts immediately from your work to your toddler. To avoid such situations, co-working is a perfect match, you still maintain all of the control and flexibility of owning your own schedule. It also helps women keep their mind off the daily chores at home. They have the advantage to work by themselves and also collaborate with other co-workers.

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A passionate entrepreneur and foodie explorer, Meghna is one of the co-founders of IndiQube. With over 14 years of experience in manufacturing, HR, consulting and commercial real estate, she is also the co-founder of HirePro and Ultrafine. Armed with an MBA in Finance from IMT, Ghaziabad and a Company Secretary Degree, her interests include interior design, branding and project management. Meghna’s diverse skills and interests have helped transform IndiQube into a growth environment that combines an easy-going, professional ambiance with sound operational and technical processes to help businesses as well as its employees come in and thrive.

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