BLOG SURF: Dual career

The nature of work is changing fast as new technology, changing attitudes to productivity, and better travel options make it possible to work from nearly anywhere.

While these changed work requirements increase efficiencies, they also intensify pressures on dual-career couples trying to raise a family.

While some governments have advanced public policy to help such families, what can employers do to ease constraints for a growing number of such employees, particularly working mothers? Work-related pressures are particularly acute for women from the start.

Often the first hurdle a young woman faces is being valued for her abilities and skills. She often has to justify to family and friends (and in the process to herself) why she prioritizes a career over “settling down.”

Once she enters the workforce, her potential is assessed in ways different from men.

In my experience, women are expected to either stop working or work less, especially after becoming a mother.