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5 Commandments to Follow to Maintain 'Work Life Bank Balance'

By Sairee Chahal, Founder & CEO, SHEROES

Sairee Chahal, Founder & CEO, SHEROES

Headquartered in Noida, SHEROES provides a platform for women and offers the most diverse range of engagement formats including corporate jobs, returning professionals, partner programs, and work from home, part time, freelancing, and franchising and internship programs.

‘Work Life Bank Balance’ – the work life conversations for women now include the financial possibilities. The opportunities provide them the confidence, independence that the women seek. An opportunity that fit their life style and helps them navigate through the career maze helps this talent group to grow, personally, professionally and financially.

When we look at women at work, we know they have come a long way in terms of work type, profile, taking risk. The support system has also changed over the years. We are on the right track and we need to continue on the same path.

For that ‘Work Life Bank Balance’, here are the 5 commandments to follow:

  • Learn Unlearn and Relearn: - Women should keep an open mind and be ready to learn new things, unlearn to improve and relearn to further enhance their skills. In lieu of succumbing to the work pressure, women should understand that skill enhancement is a continuous process and that it never ceases. Find opportunities for self-training and read more books and blogs. Make an effort to learn new skills and practice them as much as possible. Having said that, allow me to quote Eric Hoffer, who once said, ‘In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.’
  • Reach out for Help and vice versa: - A successful career that pays off well, cannot be accomplished single handed. Reaching out for help, not only paves way to learn yet another way of doing a particular piece of work, it also broadens minds and gives new perspectives to things. Similarly, another key to growth is helping others. When you make the effort to assist someone else to become better at what they do, you become better yourself.
  • Develop Trust: - People naturally want to surround themselves with people they trust. Developing trust takes time and is a consistent effort. Trust goes two ways: Firstly, you need to behave in a way that people trust you with their work. Likewise, it is equally importantto learn to identify the trust worthy once.
  • Develop Self-Confidence: - As you continue honing your skills by the day, your understanding towards your own work and your significance in the organization becomes clearer. Having faith in your work and your ability to succeed, minus the arrogance is a good thing.   
  • Work Yourself out of the Job: -This one may not make sense on its face, but the idea is to work effectively and see how you are adding value to your current profile. Take up tasks that go beyond your KRA and work effectively. As you do that you will automatically make yourselfmore valuable to your company, and they will have no choice but to promote you or find something more challenging for you to do.

Nevertheless, all guidelines will prove to be null and void unless corporations wise up or until women start using their growing educational advantage for their own good. It is of prime importance they understand that responsibility for ones’ professional development also lays on their own shoulders.

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