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‘Women mentored at work, but gender bias a challenge’

Admin| Mar 02, 2017 - 12:44 AM India

‘Women mentored at work, but gender bias a challenge’

Women across the world faced similar workplace challenges, but unique socio-­cultural norms affected women in India as they strived for leadership roles in business. Women in India also had high career goals and ample development opportunities, yet struggled more than any other country surveyed with inclusivity at the leadership level, revealed Egon Zehnder’s ‘2017 Leaders & Daughters Global Survey’.

“The survey shows a higher correlation in India between seniority and the need to overcome gender bias and stereotypes in the workplace, where one ­third of C­suite respondents report difficulty — compared to the overall global rate of 12%,” says Pallavi Kathuria, Co­Lead Diversity & Inclusion at Egon Zehnder.

Career ambition rules
– 82 per cent respondents aspired to reach executive leadership ranks.
– Nearly half said they would like to reach the CEO level.
– 32% said they would like to reach the level of managing director, and 15% aspired to be board members.
– One­ third of middle managers said they would be in a senior/executive role in five years.

Career path critical 
– 95 per cent respondents felt supported in their path to leadership through development programmes.
– Competitive salary was the top consideration for the majority of respondents.
– 46%, however, say they would accept a lower starting salary in a new role with a clear career path, over a higher starting salary with undefined growth opportunities.

Strong mentorship at mid­-level
– Mentorship was the highest at the middle manager level.
– For both junior managers and the C­suite (leadership levels),it was at 42%.
– 63% respondents said it was more challenging for women to be promoted to senior management than it was for men.
– Indian women recognise the power of diversity as three of five respondents think an inclusive workplace creates more growth opportunities and supports progress — the highest percentage of any market surveyed.

 

Source : http://content.timesjobs.com/women-mentored-work-gender-bias-challenge/

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