Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Some Thoughts About Gender Equality in the Workplace

Equality in the workplace, or rather, the lack of equality in the job market is a topic which everyone must have faced more or less. Most commonly, we see inequality based on gender, ethnicity or class, even age and background; though the gender inequality is most universal.

Gender inequality in the workplace is generally bias against women, generally regarding power and the chain of command. Women are regarded as weak and not equal to their male counterparts, even when they are equally efficient and capable of handling responsibilities.

In any society, women are considered mainly as the homemaker, their main task being taking care of her home and bring up children. However educated women might be, or however career-oriented in her life, in many communities, her career is considered as a secondary goal or an option for her. Even in civilized and developed countries, the notion varies only a little.

Despite having a higher level of education and qualification, they are often given inferior job responsibilities in fear that they would not be able to do it properly.

Women often face problems regarding raise or promotions also. It is generally believed that since the responsibilities of maintaining a family does not solely depend on the woman, as it does on the man of the household in many cases, they do not require as much financial support as the male worker does.

Due to superstition in some cases, some people regard the intellectual of women to be inferior to a man in the same profession. People often regard female doctors, lawyers or engineers not to be as efficient as any man.

In jobs that center around hard labor, or using physical strength rather than the mind, women workers may be passed over repeatedly when the question of promotion or raise arise; especially in case of jobs like a police women or a fire fighter.

Pregnant women or women with small children are also thought to have low productivity in some cases. It is often a misconception that women who are expecting lose their mental balance at times and not perform well in their responsibilities. Mothers with small children are often distracted and tend to lose focus in their work.

In many workplace, women face problems regarding maternity leave. Maternity leave varies with each organization or country, but women often face problems with gaining a suitable length of leave according to their need. Women also have trouble reissuing command over her colleagues after coming back to work. Since she is a mother, some of her colleagues may consider her to be weaker and of a softer nature than before she left.

Women may also face various forms of sexual harassment at her workplace also, both in forms of mild flirtation or admiration and direct invitations. Though some of these advances from fellow male colleagues or supervisors may seem harmless, but they are never-the-less illegal and can be subjected to inquiry and punishment.

Such problems in the workplace could really distract a woman and make her lose concentration in her work. It lowers her productivity in work and becomes very hard to give one’s best to any job at hand. Continuous discrimination could be the source of mental unhappiness in a person. Inappropriate advances from male colleagues may result in distress in a woman’s personal or family life also.

Gender discrimination is punishable by law, and if any woman feels as if she is facing such disparity in her workplace, she may challenge the authorities in her organization to demand a fair inquiry. In other cases, if the female worker belongs to any union, she may seek their help in the matter.

Though gender disparity prevails in many cases, women are gradually being taken seriously in the workplace these days, as it should be. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I'm Looking for the Best Nonstick Cookware Set Reviews. Any Opinions?

My cookware set is old school. I have an old stainless steel 8 inch skillet, 12 inch cast iron skillet and 4 and 6 quart pots.

That's my extent of cookware. Four pieces. I don't need one of those 15 piece sets that clogs up my cupboard, but I will mention that I'm looking to get a new set up now that John moved in.

I've been reading reviews. Consumer Reports, Amazon, and Cookware Nation are sites I've used. I don't think we many more pieces but I want to make sure that if we do do some cooking we're set.

I've been reading reviews of the best nonstick cookware sets because I know John's never very good at cooking. (When he has cooked eggs, he's tried to scramble them in a cast iron skillet -- hello? can you say stuck eggs?)

I saw the Anolon Professional Hard Anodized set for a decent price and am considering it. I'm not a big fan of Teflon coated nonstick pots and pans and really am getting it so he can cook and not set the fire alarm off and burn everything. (I've also been looking at reviews of the best ceramic cookware sets on Cookware Nation.)

I like that the Anolon has no speciality pieces and comes with standard sized saucepans, saute pans, skillets, and stockpots.

The handles don't get hot, according to reviews, and they are riveted so they won't fall out or weaken.

My big concern is that there's a lot of pieces with this. I'm sure we'll grow into as we grow as a family. I'm also concerned about the longevity of this stuff.

It says it's OK to put in the dishwasher but I know from first-hand experience when I was in college that putting nonstick stuff in the dishwasher is a sure-fire way to ruin that Teflon.

That means hand-washing. I don't have any issues with it but I worry that someone else might. I can hear it already, "Isn't that what the dishwasher is for?"

I'm sure it will work fine but this line has been discontinued.

I've also looked at cheaper models like the Rachel Ray nonstick stuff.

I love the colors that this set comes with and how the lids use handles rather than knobs. The handles, in theory, should make it easier to remove the lids.

Speaking of lids, I read that they are not interchangeable, which is a bummer. Also, I can't find any info on whether it is PTFE free or not RTFE free.

If I'm eating eggs or pancakes John's cooked on this set, I only want to taste the food, not the chemicals that go into making the cookware.

I'll probably keep looking for a new set because I don't think either of these will satisfy my requirements.

If you know of any good sites that are devoted to cookware reviews, drop a message.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

My Ideas about Running

It's pretty easy with running to measure your progress. There's lots of ways to tell if you are improving. You can tell if your distance increases or you cover more distance in less time.

I always like checking my progress. If I'm not getting anywhere, what I like to do is look at cues my body is telling me and try to improve them.

I've put together a list of stuff I like to do to improve my progress.

Eat before I run

I like to add some fuel to my body before I run. About 1 to 3 hours before I run, I like to eat a small amount of carbohydrates. This helps fuel me for longer runs.

Get strong

During the winter, I'm a little lazy when it comes to running. I'll run when it's above 20 degrees but I won't run on a treadmill.

Instead, I do a core strengthening routine. I'll do yoga and weight strengthening. The workouts target specific muscles I'm weak in. Getting stronger at your weak points will help improve your overall fitness level, making you less susceptible to injury.

Cross training

As mentioned, I won't run below 20 degrees, but I will go out and ski below 20 degrees. I'm not sure why I have this arbitrary cut off line but skiing is great cross training.

Cross training allows me to keep my cardio but use other muscles. It keeps me from being a one-trick pony.

Improve your gait

You will need help from your podiatrist or physical therapist for this one. But, they can help you analysis your gait, which can help you with soreness and help reduce injury, making you more efficient.

Go easy, go hard: Increase slowly

Injuries often occur when people jump into a new activity without acclimating to that activity.

Running is no different. A good rule of thumb is to increase your mileage less than 10 percent each week.

The gradual change helps your body build tolerance to the new stress.

Get the right shoes

This may sound like a no brainer but it is important: Buy running shoes that fit your feet. Also, running shoes wear out faster than walking shoes because of the constant pounding while running. This means that you should replace them every 6 months or so.

Do a trail run with a group

Running solo is great but running with a group is better, but doing a trail run with a group is best, in my opinion.

You get out in the woods and get chatting with friends while running. Cool stuff.

Get a massage

Massages are great. They can help improve your flexibility, relax your muscle, and up the blood flow to the muscle.

Set goals

When you set training goals or racing goals, you are more likely to follow your program and be more successful. That's no surprise because you have a vision of what you want and know how to achieve it.

Grab some grub after a run

Your body uses its glycogen stores during a long run and you want to replace them as soon as possible after running. It's a good idea to eat a small amount of carbohydrate and protein after your run.

The carbs replace the glycogen and the protein helps with muscle repair.

Running is a great sport that can be taking up by just about anybody. It will take time for you to figure out what works best for you but you will learn from experience.