Source | LinkedIn : By Manan Chaturvedi
Every year many people leave their jobs for one of the most important factors of life and that’s “Family”. There might be 1000s of reasons and occasions where family need you more than your office, and you have to make a choice, and you do make a wise choice of choosing Family above all. But what come later is the real nightmare, because after that much unavoidable break when you try to get back to your normal professional life, you find it to be not normal anymore. You get to start treated like an alien in your own world.
It really does not need a study to observe who gets impacted the most because of making the tough choice choosing between family and work, the numbers will show you the north for the female professionals. In my over 1.5 decade of experience I have met and even interviewed (Job/Exit) easily over 10,000 females who have left their jobs for their families. Now that reason could be any i.e. Getting Married and shifting to a different city/country, Maternity reasons, Child care, Even in many occasions I have even met women who were forced to leave their jobs post marriage by their spouses or in-laws. So when it is said, life of a women is not easy, it’s not wrong in many ways.
Well! after all that many women professionals do find the right point in their lives when they decide that they really want to go back and do have the consent from all sides as well. But, do they get the well deserving opportunities as they decide to move back? Not always, or rather I must say not easy at all. I am always of the advocacy that talent should be hired for their talent and not for gender or other biases, however that’s not the case with many other hiring managers / business heads. Some of the very common biases that I heard from them while choosing between a male or a female (specially returning from breaks) are like
Irregularities : It’s a very common biased approach that I have observed, when they look at a female’s resume and say “She would not be regular on work, and might take a lot of leaves, today she got married so she left her previous job, tomorrow she will go on Maternity, and then so on”, and hence they chose a male resource over a female. I understand that they might and will have to take offs from work because after all we all work for our families, and we have to take care of them. But, should that become a bottleneck in someones’ career?
Deskilled : This is again one reason I have heard for not hiring a female employee returning from a family break. Well! for that matter even a man can and will also get deskilled if taken a long break from work.
Potential Attrition : They are scared for having a possible attrition, as for them, that female candidate has already left one job for family reason and may leave again. For example, if her spouse is in such a job where he might get transfer i.e. Armed forces, she will also move along with him.