Work... beyond work-hours!!

Few days back I had a casual chat with two of my friends at work, both boys. They narrated their tales of late night and over night stays at office during their hectic work-schedules. During their narration, I just sympathized with them. They concluded the discussion by saying that being a girl I wouldn't have understood their plight!! There are some timing-restrictions for female employees at my workplace. We are not supposed to stay in the office beyond 7:30 PM for security reasons. Therefore, at times men jokingly(or even mockingly) say things like it's always so easy for girls, they have an excuse to leave earlier, they don't have to work late night, etc etc. Maybe these restrictions work in our favour as no one likes to spend extra hours at workplace (except some nerds who do not have any personal life!!). However, to meet critical deadlines, sometimes employees are compelled to stay back in the office beyond their regular work hours. Since female employees have timing-restrictions, only male employees can(or I would say have to) stay back.  

Well, men do not realize that they themselves are responsible for such restrictions on girls!! Safety of women has always been questionable in a city like Delhi. The men of our society have made this city unsafe for women. So for us, restrictions never really end, be it workplace or life outside workplace. Whenever people start comparing tasks completed by girls and boys, the late night stays are always highlighted. But, can we judge the capability and proficiency of a person by the number of hours he devotes at work?? Despite putting our best efforts within the stipulated work hours, hearing things like girls don't(have to) work much doesn't sound good at all!! Is it really fair to question the work and capabilities of female employees just because they cannot stay in the office beyond a specified time?? Does it mean they are less hard-working or less deserving than their male counterparts?? Not really, but, men will remain men!!

7 comments:

  1. I agree ! Extra hours do not ean more effieciency! Also, the menfolk are responsible for the curtailed freedom of women and girls:(

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    1. It's really nice that you have such liberal views.. sadly not all men think like you and there is no dearth of typical male chauvinists even in today's times!!

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  2. Sadly, it will take ages to change this mindset. The best way is to ignore such comments and move on.

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  3. I believe the plight of two boys you are mentioning over here.. is about me and Varun.. as far as I could recollect.. Well, that's not the point to be ponder upon.Although , the restriction in one way is good for female counterparts.. atleast from safety point of view.But to that, i would like to add as all fingers are not equal , similarily, all men are not equal. Saying that,I am nowhere stating that the safety of female colleagues should be kept at stake with work. Till now, I haven't heard anyone being recognized because he has devoted so much hours to work or something that sort of. On the Contrary , its because of the criticality of the issue and meeting timing deadlines which is rewarded. Finally, I would like to say that how come 'Logic' can be less deserving than any other 'male logic'.. !!!

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    1. Well.. it's about the general perception people have.. one of my colleagues(male) once told me that earlier he used to be in office from 9 AM till 6 PM.. it was pointed by a person from higher management that this guy leaves so early.. so he changed his timings to 11 AM-8 PM and he didn't receive any complaint after that.. you can see that the no of hours remain unchanged.. so this is a general thinking that people who work in office till late hours put more efforts which is absolutely wrong.. I am glad you do not think that way but it'll take a lot of time to change this "illogical general perception"!!

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  4. Well what to say about the higher management , everybody knows about it.. But then everyone has their basket of experiences which lead to different perceptions.. As u rightly said , it will take too long to change this 'illogical perception' .

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