In light of International Women’s Day, Dr. Avic Caparas, an associate professor here in the University of Asia and the Pacific, recently wrote an article for the Philippine Star about how she believes that flexibility for women at work should be more favorable than gender parity.
In the article, Dr. Caparas explains how it is important to have a less rigid mindset about the influence of family responsibilities at work, even stating anecdotes from real people on how they did not mind women jumping over them in terms of rank since “she chose to make her family life more important.”
Having a family with whom to spend the weekend can make an employee more enthusiastic, alert, or energetic when she gets back to the office on a Monday. Emotional social support within the family can be much more effective than stress management seminars conducted in the workplace. Skills used at home in planning, organizing, and controlling resources are skills transferable to the workplace without additional training cost for the employer.
Aside from being an associate professor from UA&P, she is also the principal investigator of the Corporate Family Responsibility project in the Philippines.
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