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Monday, May 17, 2010

69 pc Indian women say they can balance home and work

A survey found that though there are competing pressures from both work and home for the fairer sex in India, 69 per cent women said that they can meet career goals and still devote sufficient attention to their personal lives.

This conclusion was based on a research conducted by the Kenexa Research Institute (KRI) in March 2010. The survey was conducted on 1,000 women professionals in the age group of 18 -58, employed in a variety of industries catering to the manufacturing, financial and hi-tech manufacturing sectors.

KRI is a division of Kenexa, a global provider of business solutions for human resources. "Women in India report they are more likely to achieve a balance when their stress level at work is reasonable. They enjoy, in fact, get excited about their work. They feel there is a promising future for them at the company. The company values their contribution and their manager makes a personal investment in their growth and development," the report said.

In India, 66 per cent of women said that their companies support their efforts to balance work and family/personal responsibilities.

Working in an organisation that supports work/life balance has a significant and favourable impact on how these workers express pride in their company, and describe it as a place providing overall job satisfaction.

Additionally, employees who report having achieved a balance between work and personal responsibilities express a much lower intention to leave the organisation,it said.

"It is encouraging to see that women can find a balance between work and home, but some organisations can do more. Almost 35 per cent of the women in India don't report adequate organisational support. Companies that build supportive infrastructure and processes stand to attract and retain talented employees, besides strengthening their marketplace advantage," said Brenda Kowske, PhD, research consultant, Kenexa Research Institute.


Only 62 per cent of women in the US, 65 per cent in China, 55 per cent in the UK, 47 per cent in France and 41 per cent in Japan were reported to have struck home/workplace balance in similar surveys conducted in those countries.

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