Work-Life Balance: Working Women in the IT Sector in India

By Ameya Sane and Venugopal Pingali.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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The Indian Information Technology (IT) sector has played a significant role in putting India on the global map. The growth in the sector has also seen an increase in women’s participation in the workplace. Work-life balance, though an issue for both genders, has a greater significance for women around the world in comparison to men. Sociocultural factors and the fact that working women in India still deal with most, if not all, of the household chores makes it important for us to study the issues of work-life balance, particularly in the case of women employed in the Indian IT sector. The present study adopted a two-stage process for data collection; in the first phase, in-depth interviews with senior women executives were conducted to understand the work-life balance issues in their life. Subsequently, a questionnaire was developed and administered to a cross section of women employees from IT industries during November 2011. While the respondents mentioned that the career orientation among women is largely determined by parental acceptance and economic conditions at home, the majority of the respondents strongly opposed the view that women with greater career orientation generally fail to become responsible wives, mothers, or daughters-in-law in a family setting and that such woman will be hesitant to take on additional responsibilities within their families. It was also found that there was a general agreement among the respondents that work-life balance is somewhat related to self-inclination and desire; many of them felt that if a woman has that desire, she will definitely make an attempt to look for solutions. Several respondents also felt that their respective spouses should exhibit greater maturity and respect toward them within their families and help them achieve their objectives in life, including their career goals.

Keywords: Work-Life Balance, Women, IT Industry, India

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 14, Issue 2, July 2015, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 30, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 311.578KB)).

Ameya Sane

India

Prof. Venugopal Pingali

Professor, Marketing, XLRI, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India