Managing multiple roles

VIP women's payIn this highly competitive world, working women juggle many responsibilities demanded by their various roles. Striking a balance between their work and family roles is essential for the physical and mental well being of female employees. It is high time that organizations address their needs so that they can easily overcome this role conflict.

Women wear multiple caps of a mother, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, supervisor, among others. In each of these roles, she is expected to perform to her level best. A woman executive with a decades experience in the IT sector says, “Everyone has high expectations from us. If the kid is not getting good grades we are to be blamed. If the food is not ready for dinner it is again our responsibility. If guests are coming it is expected that we stay back at home to attend to them. Again, at work no excuses will be accepted for not completing the assignments as per the set deadlines. We have to be perfect as a homemaker as well as a career woman.”

Indeed majority of women particularly married ones who are entering the workforce are facing this role conflict. A counselor clarifies, “In today’s fast paced environment there is no point sitting and cribbing on such issues. A good way to do justice to all your roles is by effectively managing your time and gaining a little support from your family. Nowadays, shops in major towns offer home delivery services. You can order your grocery items and other stuffs from them and use that time in doing something else. If your family permits, you can also go for home delivered food once in a while. Delegating cleaning and washing responsibilities to a maid will also relieve you to some extent.”

Nevertheless managing multiple roles is highly stressful and often it so happens that women executives develop various health problems like headache, backache or eye strain. Some of them even fall prey to depression because of their inability to manage everything at the same time. However, a psychologist points out that the mindset of working women is changing and often each additional role brings increased self - esteem leading to a feeling of physical and mental well-being. Organizations, too are lending a helping hand to encourage them. A HR professional says, “We offer flexi - time policies to all our female employees, help out in paying bills and have crèche facilities for their kids in our company premises.” Times surely are changing.

Managing multiple roles is of course difficult but not impossible. It is all about doing the right things at the right time and meeting everyone’s expectations.


- Ranjita Chattopadhyay (views expressed in the article are that of the author)