An Exploratory Study of Married Working Women, Work-Life Balance; Problems and Solutions
Asma Saulat, Madiha Zeeshan, Arsalan Hussain, Shafique Ur Rehman
The main purpose of this research is to explore the problems faced by married working mothers in Karachi, who are educated and have professional qualification but find it difficult to continue their jobs especially after becoming mothers. What are those factors that held them back from moving forward in their professional life? Further we have also analyzed those women who were able to continue even after becoming the mothers. In this way we have concluded that what is the work place or family solutions these women have and if all of the women provided with some of these facilities then they don’t have to let go their career and professional lives.Design/Methodology/Approach: This research is qualitative in nature. The sample size of 12 has been selected which is evaluated through structured interviews. Later on the basis of interviews the emerging themes and patterns have been studied. It is based on post positivistic approach. The issues these women are facing in the current dynamics might change in future as these facilities will be taken for granted by their organizations.Findings: It has been noticed that those women who are provided with work place facilities such as Daycare facilities for their children, work from home facility (at least once a week), support from in laws and support from others (could be extended family members or neighbors). Such women seem to be more productive and they are able to enjoy a healthy work life balance as compare to those who do not have any such facilities.Originality/value: These work place solutions can be ground-breaking work for educated Pakistani women who want to pursue their career throughout (before and after getting married) and can be fruitful for the society.