Over the last decade there has been a movement to highlight the significance of inclusion and
diversity, as a means for our societies to grow holistically. This means considering all
sections of the society, however minor, that
may have been under-represented in various fields to have the opportunities that enable and
empower them to participate and be heard. For starters, this has meant an emphasis on gender
diversity and therefore women at the workplace.
One of the biggest reasons that women fall off the workforce is maternity, childrearing and
domestic caregiving responsibilities as caregiving continues to be a gendered role. Across
the world 60-80% of the primary caregivers
in a family are the women.
With increasingly nuclear families, inadequate healthcare and fragmented community systems,
the pressures on primary caregivers are ballooning. While legislations and organizations
understand the significance of maternity benefits,
increasingly organizations will need to look at caregiving as agnostic to gender and
Organizations and workplaces have, in the past asserted that individuals keep their
professional and personal spaces distinct and separate. However, increasingly progressive
and contemporary organizations are realizing that these
boundaries are blurring.
Employees are often not comfortable sharing their caregiving roles and responsibilities at
the workplace, for the fear of not being understood or not be seen as reliable, committed or
There is, therefore a need for organizations to become caregiver-friendly and build practices
that support caregivers.