Women in The Remote Workplace

An important ongoing discussion has been how inclusive and supportive the traditional work environment is for women?

Now, with the pandemic, the focus has shifted to the remote work environment, which comes with more factors to consider. In response to this shift, we delve into some advantages and disadvantages of the remote work environment for women in this week's blog piece. As we explore these aspects of remote work, we need to first take into consideration the fact that none of these benefits or drawbacks should be viewed as the experience of all women. We need to remember that every woman’s experience working remotely is unique; however, this discussion on remote work gives insight into some points that are fairly common. 


The Good


Better Communication

When done right, communication in a remote working environment empowers women to adequately articulate their perspectives without the fear of being shut down. Although the fear of being shut down should not exist, the traditional office environment, with meetings and events that typically favor out-spoken men, still has a long way to go in dealing with this issue.  However, the remote environment greatly helps. In a remote work setting, the prevalent communication tools, besides zoom meetings, are email, messages, and popular communication platforms like slack. These means of communication give women the time to properly think about and explain their opinions so that they can be well understood by other team members and leaders. Furthermore, working remotely enables everyone the chance to talk about a subject matter, because its modes of communication remain open. By contrast, an in-person meeting lasts for a limited time and mostly the naturally out-spoken individuals would voice their perspectives within the time period. Lastly, most of the communication methods of remote work do not occur in in real time, and so, the chances of someone talking over or interrupting a woman are low.


More Opportunities for Women Irrespective of Geographical Distance

Before remote work became the standard, women and men had to compete for limited job opportunities in places that could easily be accessed by them. Remote work increases the pool of options for women, giving them the ability to be employees of companies that align with their values and for which they are passionate about.

More so, remote work, if done right, widens the network opportunities available to women. As everything is online, women are not restricted to current networks that may be male dominated or of no real service to them; they can form connections with people from diverse areas, giving them more control over the networks they are a part of. Besides that, since most networking events are now online, working mothers may find it easier to attend these events because the factor of travelling to locations has been eradicated. 


Work Life Balance

On one hand, it could be that remote work leads to lack of work-life balance, especially among working mothers. On the other hand, working remotely may afford women the flexibility to excel at both the home and work. Irelaunch.com describes some of the ways this flexibility shines through:

“Remote workers can slip out to pick up a child or bring a meal to an elderly mother-in-law and then resume working nearly seamlessly during the work day. For those with kids, school vacations, snow days, sick days and early dismissals are not as disruptive.”

In essence, women may pursue careers in spite of demanding home duties. 


The Bad


Clash Between Work and Home Life

Women may find it more difficult to achieve work-life separation as remote employees, and this results in lack of balance and structure in their lives. Working from home means that the same location is utilized for home and work activities. Without this distinction in location, home responsibilities may spill into the time meant for work and vice versa. Moreover, there is added pressure to juggle every duty, since they are all being done in the same place. These problems are more prevalent among women, particularly working moms, as they usually are in charge of most household obligations. There are adverse consequences to this. Firstly, proper attention and time are not dedicated to either area of life, resulting in neither a flourishing home nor work life. Secondly, women experience burnout and stress. These consequences culminate in the inability of women, especially working mums to advance their careers and increase their work productivity.



Minimal Career Advancement

We should also consider how working remotely may negatively affect the progression of women’s careers, especially when businesses return to physical work environments after the pandemic. Even when this transition does occur, more women than men will find it harder to work in an office setting. Consequently, men are in a more advantageous position to further their careers than their female colleagues.

This is due to a number of reasons. To begin with, working in the office allows t male workers to be more connected to the company community and attend more events, hence, enabling them to have a stronger and broader company network. Next, the male employees may stand a better chance at building stronger relationships with key decision makers in the company because they have the advantage of physical interaction. The last reason is that physical presence in the office, regardless of the level of productivity, can allow men make a positive impression on company managers and heads, leading to more promotions than their female colleagues. Mary Noonan, a professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa whose research focuses on gender and work, provided another angle to this point in a 2020 article by cbsnews.com. She asserts that "in traditional workplaces, it's not about what you produce, it's more about where you are, and if you aren't in the office, you may miss out on new projects or what's going on or a new strategy."

The primary aim of this article is not that women should weigh the good and bad of remote work and make a choice. Rather, the objective of the article is that companies understand how remote work can be harmful and beneficial to women, and make the necessary changes for a work environment that truly uplifts women. 





Ready to get started?

Sign up for your free demo today!

More from RemotePass

People are talking

Hear what teams love about using RemotePass.

RemotePass has been so efficient for us as we have at least 60% of our team being remote. Especially for tracking if everyone has been paid out or if they have reimbursements, we don't have to manually do it one by one anymore. It's also really good since we are in compliance with each and every single one of our remote teams' place of residence.

Lorena A, HR
@NasDaily

RemotePass has enabled Swvl to be more flexible, allowing us to hire the best talent in Remote locations. RemotePass has been a great partner and fast tracking Swvl's growth plans in multiple countries. Special shout out to the support team for the exemplary service.

Faizan M, Global HR
@SWVL

Brilliant service. We love and we'd be using it for the years to come. Also great customer success management as well!

Badr A.  CEO
@Soum

We love the entire system you guys have built, it's user-friendly and in particular we love the automated notifications part. Employees are automatically informed about the payment status and they receive the payment in a couple of hours after they get notified vs. manually asking us. Thanks for your ongoing support

Muhammed, CFO
@ShortPoint

The experience with Remote pass and the assistance you have provided with my recent transaction is amazing. I really liked the follow-up nudge and provide me details is super cool. Thanks for your help

Tarun V.
@NasEducation

Using RemotePass has been an absolute game-changer for our operations - knowing that we have a reliable partner on our side even in complex regions efficiently (this has previously been a big headache for us), allows our teams to focus exclusively on client service and product delivery

Nina, Associate VP
@Infomineo

We were looking for a simple and affordable product and RemotePass more than delivered. RemotePass helped us streamline and manage our remote teams. RemotePass understood us as a company and provided us the support and confidence that we are compliant with regulations, our remote teams have excellent support, and that we made the right choice

Preeta, HR Business Partner
@Eyewa

Love it! It has been an essential tool for us, the perks of having everything at the point of my fingers.Using RemotePass has been super efficient. The platform is user-friendly and fast, and communication with customer service is truly a "gold standard".

Iyad A, Head of People
@Unico

RemotePass has been very helpful as it streamlines the payment process to our consultants, with a simple 2 to 3 clicks the job is done. It is effortless and straightforward to use. The most important thing is that It eliminates any compliance risks we might face, and the lengthy verification process. Overall the system is excellent, and I would recommend it to other organizations.

Rafik, Head of HR
@Rizek

The product has been incredibly a game-changer for us as we scaled our team globally. Creating a great first impression when onboarding remote teams . Everything centralized in one place. Love it!

Roxana L, Chief People Officer
@Bankio

Our work with RemotePass is a partnership based on trust and credibility we are proud to have. With RemotePass services, onboarding and payroll for our global team is well managed and our employees feel safe and cared for.

Fahad A, HR
@Soum KSA

I was instantly impressed with the UI/UX of the RemotePass platform, it is incredibly user-friendly and the feedback I have received from the remote workers has been excellent. Having supplied contract and remote staff to clients in the Middle East for several years, I have been used to a very manual and labor-heavy process when it comes to payroll and compliance. After one demonstration from the team at RemotePass I switched from using an existing supplier, as I get better value and service using this platform.

David S, Practice Lead
@Salt

Try RemotePass Today!

Join leaders who depend on RemotePass every day to be ahead of the curve.