A working mother faces many challenges. Not only does she deal with the guilt of leaving her baby to return to daily office work, but she also navigates through doubts in her mind about her ability to handle the pressure of work. Radhika Gupta, Managing Director (MD) and Managing Director (CEO) of Edelweiss Asset Management Company, returned to work in August 2022, six weeks after giving birth to a baby boy. She is very active on social media and often posts about work-life balance. Recently, she shared a post about managing her little one with office work and said, “a little planning, lots of patience and a problem-solving attitude makes things work.”
Ms Gupta took to LinkedIn to share an instance. She said her mother was 21 when she had two children. Ms. Gupta, along with her brother, would spend time at a university where her mother had evening classes and where students would keep them.
Comparing her journey to that of her mother, the CEO said she was lucky to bring her son with a lot of help. However, one day both parents had to go to work, so she found a simple solution for the same. She wrote: “But today both of us parents had to go to work and the situation at home was tricky… so what did we do? Bring 6 month old Remy to work. It was like deja vu. He drove around, laughed and loved relaxing in my cabin while I was doing my meetings.” She added that her colleagues welcomed her son with love and affection.
Ms Gupta mentioned that the planning and her “baby laugh” help her cope as a working mother. “I’ve been asked countless times before I had my baby, how are you going to make the life of a mother and CEO work. I didn’t have an answer at the time, but I would say now, a little planning, a lot of patience and a problem-solving attitude makes things work. And a baby’s laughter does the rest,” she concluded.
Since being shared, her post has received over 10,000 likes. “I’m really glad you see how you can bring your son into the workplace and manage both so effectively. I wish others could do the same,” one person said.
“Gratitude Mam and to all working mums. I just wanted to take a moment to express my admiration and appreciation for all you do. Being a mother is hard work on its own, but combining that with a full time job is truly an impressive feat,” added another user.
Many users also said that Ms. Gupta was able to do this because she was the most senior executive in the company and such benefits are not available to everyone.
One person said, “I wish all young mothers had this privilege. In a real world where people don’t hold such high positions, women struggle physically and emotionally with their young children. care. And nobody really thinks it’s a mother with a child at home.”
“My post may sound rude but honestly it’s not a reality for 99% of working women. No one has room to put a purse let alone a baby… the CEO position allows you to ‘have a cubicle where you can feed, change and even deal with baby tantrums,’ another user said.
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