Working couples: Balancing workplace and household responsibilities for working couples is easier said the done. Indian society is a patriarchal society. Naina Bharadwaj points out in her article ‘Women and Work in India: Trends and Analysis’ (published by India Briefing) that “It is surprising to see that India’s female labor force participation rate (LFPR), which refer to women who are either working or looking for a job, has not only stagnated at much below the global average of 47 percent for several years but has declined considerably in recent years.” This is happening because it is very difficult to strike a balance between workplace and household responsibilities for working couples.
Findings of National Health Survey of India
National Health Family survey, India: As stated in the factsheet of National Health Family survey(NHFS),India, “only 32% of married women aged between 15 to 49 years are employed, whereas, this percentage is much more for married men in the country, which is 98% for the same age group. Job after marriage for women is still a relatively new concept in India.” In comparison to the Western world, in India ‘working couples’ is a new concept.
Still, Indian metropolitan cities have seen a rise in the number of working couples. The boom in BPO industry, arrival of multi-national corporations etc. has disturbed the schedule of couples working in such companies. They have change in shifts and night shifts; which doesn’t allow them to do household chores easily. Their family life too tends to get disturbed.
Here are 8 tips to strike balance between workplace and household responsibilities for working couples:
1-Create incentives: Each partner, of the working couple, must create incentives for one another.
2-Stay away from prejudice or gender bias: Men can’t do this and women can’t do that. Working couples, have no room for such gender bias, if they want their lives to be easy.
3-Make some tasks a family activity: Some activities like dusting or baking can be done together.
4-Never share responsibilities: In case, a task is delegated to a person; responsibilities shouldn’t be shared.
5-Create a schedule: Working couples must create a schedule and stick to it.
6-If, possible eat out: Working couples can dine out on the weekend in order to relax.
7-Don’t get angry or agitated: Working couples must try to control their anger.
8-In problematic times become flexible: Adjustment is required in taxing times, if one partner is sick or stressed out, the other one can help out.
These tips, will certainly help in balancing workplace and household responsibilities for working couples.