82% women employees see workload rise

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BENGALURU: More than 6 in 10 (61%) Indian women say they feel less optimistic about their career prospects today than before the pandemic, compared to 51% of the global sample, shows Deloitte’s report ‘Women @ Work: A global outlook’.
It said 82% of women surveyed in India report their workload has increased since the Covid crisis broke, while 78% say that their household tasks have increased during this period. Indian organisations are more likely to have increased access to mental health resources (32% vs 21% globally), and provided additional financial support (30% vs 22% globally).

But are less likely to have increased access to flexible working (25% vs 30%), and to have clear boundaries around working hours (17% vs 22%).
Just 39% of women believe their organisation’s commitment to supporting women during the pandemic has been sufficient.
Less than a quarter of women (22%) say their employers have enabled them to create clear boundaries between work and personal hours, while 63% of women feel that their employers evaluate them based on the amount of time spent online rather than quality of output.
Over half (52%) have experienced non-inclusive behaviours over the past 12 months, and approximately one-quarter of women did not report these incidents because they were concerned about negative impacts to their careers.
Indian women are also taking on the most responsibility at home. Nearly 8 in 10 (78%) Indian women say they take on the bulk of the household management and chores, much higher than 66% globally.