An interesting debate is always alive in corporate world whether to have female colleagues in a team or not. Being manager it is really not easy to manage this specially in Pakistani Market.
A funny fact is that informally (not in writing though) most of the people believe that having females in a team creates biasness in the team and Managers of such teams or departments are never just in making any distribution of work or delegation of authority.
Pakistani society in general thinks females as incapable, weak or always at receiving end like they can’t sit late, can’t travel for long or can’t go outstation etc. although the situation is not much different for males yet for the sake of argument they quote the issues that I just mentioned.
So having a lady in your team is certainly not an easy decision by any means and even female managers don’t get ready that easily to have a female in their teams to avoid any controversies.
For some managers it can be no problem and for some it may be a nightmare. For all those who are having issues and they are in a dilemma to leave a capable candidate just because of the gender should realize that at the end of the day only results are the yardstick to measure any performance. Having a female in a male dominated society with very less education is indeed a challenge and challenges if handled sensibly are a great source of respect. And not to mention every manager get paid for “just managing the things” .
Give priority to talent not gender and do not hide your inability to handle situations by blaming society. It is directly a manager’s responsibility to keep things aligned within team and having headache of managing talent is far better than having pain of managing inabilities.
Such decisions from any management directly affect overall nation’s standing and no Nation can achieve success by keeping more than half of the population out of the race of practical life and neither can fight with the nations whose more...