International Women’s Day | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Where does India Inc stand on DEI in 2022?
Not only are fewer women returning to the workforce post COVID-19, but they are also more stressed, and have lower productivity owing to a greater burden of unpaid care work. In consultations undertaken by Nikore Associates between August 2020 to December 2021, nearly every female respondent, be it a start-up founder, or a corporate employee mentioned an increase in carework, owing to school closures and imbalanced expectations of shared domestic responsibility between spouses. While some reported being thankful for the increased flexibility owing to the “work-from-home (WFH)” model, others felt it deterred delinking office work and unpaid work. Surveys by Avtar Inc. directly corroborate our findings, where the analysis reveals that 96% of men spent below 3 hours on housework, while 85% of women spent between 2-5 hours daily.