Women Professionals Take the Flexible Route
Talk of job satisfaction and women professionals in India are found to be much happier than their male counterparts, with their current profile and the organization. At least this is the findings of a new survey by global IT research and consulting firm Accenture. The survey indicated that the percentage of women employees looking for new job options is much lesser when compared to male employees. And this may seem to be quite some revelation on the eve of women’s day!
As per the survey, nearly 40% of women professionals in India are content with their current job and are not looking out for new job opportunities as against 28% men with the same qualification and the trend is seen much more among women employees working with small and mid-sized organizations.
It is also noted that 58% women professionals have asked for lesser hike in the last one year as against 68% men in India. The percentage of promotion is also lesser among women workers, which is 48% as against 54% of their male counterpart. Globally too, the level of job dissatisfaction is higher among the male professionals with 57% women and 59% men dissatisfied with their current jobs. However, this gap is narrower than in India. On an Interesting note, the percentage of workers having a work-life balance is same for male and female workers and is pegged at 28%.
Women professionals in India, who are dissatisfied with their job, have cited reasons such as lack of opportunities and work pressure as the key reasons for their dissatisfaction. Male professionals have cited inadequate pay as the main reason for their dissatisfaction. In the survey, most women employees have cited flexible work arrangements as one of the reasons for staying with their current employers.
According to Reshmi Bhattacharya, a legal advisor working at Gee Pee Infotech, a mid-sized telecom firm, says,” My company does care about my necessities and allows me to work at times from home. This helps me to spend time with my 6 years old daughter.”
“Today, greater number of women are retreating from the nine-to-five and moving towards career customization to overcome the challenges of managing careers and home life,” says Rekha M Menon Executive Director – Geographic Services for Accenture in India and ASEAN. Menon believes that family responsibility is the most commonly cited reason to work in a flexible work schedule.
The survey indicated that professionals are accepting a different role or responsibility, receiving education or training and even working longer hours to help boost their careers. Despite their current job dissatisfaction, nearly 70% of all respondents said they do not plan to leave their current employers, with nearly the same number that is 66% citing flexible work arrangements as the reason for staying put.