Female Employees: What to Answer “Would it be a problem if you have to work overtime/weekends?

It is a common question which a female employee comes across when asked to work overtime or during the weekends. The ability to work for longer hours or during weekends is a special skill of its own. Female employees who work for extended hours may have trouble balancing their work and family commitments. Moreover, it impacts their health, work productivity and well-being in the longer run.


Female employees can follow a three way approach when answering this question related to extended working hours:


1. Don’t Sound Negative or Say no Straightaway


It is important to take everything in your stride be in extended working hours or contributing on weekends. The intent is to say yes and don’t give a negative response upfront because it will not be a good approach going forward. You should maintain a positive approach because it shows how serious you are with your current set of responsibilities or the company. Don’t be afraid to make it clear that your working for extended hours on certain days in case of need should not be taken that you would be available for these extended hours on everyday basis.


2. Define Your Own Terms When it comes to Extended Hours or Weekends


You need to define your own terms and conditions when it comes to working for extended hours or weekends. You can highlight the fact that you are a dedicated resource when it comes to work, but you are abiding to certain norms or conditions which a company should understand, e.g. your safety and ways to travel back home. It is about being smart or diplomatic when you come across tricky situations like these.


3. Outline Exceptions When you are not available


Being a female is not easy at all where you are balancing multiple things at one point of time. You can behonest and list down certain conditions when you won’t be available for work. Some of the common conditions may be:

  • Family Commitments


  • Personal reasons related to your near and dear ones


  • Taking time off due to too much workload


To sum up things, it is your call how you approach this tricky situation of handling work for extended hours or even on weekends. It is all about handling such situations with a logical approach and saying no when the need arises as also if possible willing to put in some extra time if the work demands. At the end of the day, you are a human being who has its own limitations.


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