‘Women entrepreneurs need to upskill themselves’
Scientific research has revealed that women entrepreneurs have different type of stress due to various challenges in running a business. “Women entrepreneurs need to take remedial measures to control stress by upskilling themselves and expand their capabilities to succeed in business,” said Dr Smita Dabholkar, Associate Professor at IMT, Nagpur while talking at the seminar on ‘Study of role stress in women entrepreneurs in Vidarbha region’ organised by Lady Entrepreneurs Wing (LEW) of VIA.
“Like all working persons, entrepreneurs also face challenging situations and may experience stress. Women entrepreneurs have their own set of challenges,” she said. Two faculty members from IMT Nagpur Dr Smita Dabholkar Singh and Dr Abhishek Singh conducted a study on the role stress in women entrepreneurs during the annual exhibition ‘Udyojika’ organised by the LEW-VIA in September-October 2016 .
They interviewed 51 lady entrepreneurs during the exhibition and later analysed it. A special program for the participants of Udyojika was organised at VIA to provide a feedback based on the findings by Dr Abhishek Singh and Dr Smita Dabholkar Singh. The major study findings revolved around issues like women entrepreneurs generally face stress because they do not have a proper access to how to upskill themselves, from feeling isolated due of lack of support, fear of success, lack of role models etc.
Dr Dabholkar said,“It is important for women entrepreneurs to communicate clearly, assertively with their family members and not hesitate in asking for help and support. Becoming a superwoman is a great thing but it should not act as burden on them and they should not feel guilty when at times they have to prioritize their work roles.” Dr Abhishek Singh stressed on limitation or the so called glass ceiling in ones mind.
He also emphasized on role reversal on the part of male counterparts of the working or women entrepreneurs. Four PGDM students of IMT Nagpur assisted in the research study. Many participants attended this feedback session.
The research report containing the findings was released at the hands of Mr Atul Pande, President of VIA, Mrs Shachi Mallick, Chairperson LEW VIA, Mrs Reeta Lanjewar, Secretary – LEW VIA, CA Girish Deodhar, Treasurer and Dr Smita Dabholkar Singh and Dr Abhishek Singh. Mrs Shachi Mallick gave the welcome address. Mrs Reeta Lanjewar, Secretary of LEW VIA proposed the vote of thanks.