Working women as ambitious as men in India: Survey

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Mumbai, Dec 11: Around 87 per cent of Indian working women are seeking advancement in their professional life, reveals a survey challenging the commonly held view that females are not as ambitious as males. 

However, only 60 per cent of women admitted their company promoting diversity, while just 29 per cent reported having benefited from the programme, found the survey led by global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) named  “From Intention to Impact: Bridging the Diversity Gap in the Workplace”.

In contrast to this, 73 per cent of men believed that the workplace management is committed to gender diversity, recommending that males were more optimistic about the company’s commitment toward gender diversity than females.

“It is important to engage male employees to promote gender diversity. A strong correlation exists between men’s support for gender diversity and its subsequent progress. Unless men are champions of and equal stakeholders in this agenda, it will always remain a special interest women’s support programme,” news agency IANS quoted citing  Priyanka Aggarwal, Partner and Director, at BCG said in a statement.

“When men act as change agents, the programme becomes free from any prejudices and policies are viewed as fair and neutral. Men can be involved as mentors for women or as core members of the design and implementation team of the programme,” Aggarwal asserted.

Keeping all these disparities in mind, the survey suggested that companies should spend their time and effort on effective initiatives such as anti-discrimination policies and regulatory requirements, providing parental leave and child care and offering flexible working models.

The survey was conducted on around 1,500 employees across 25 big Indian firms seeking their perspec­tives on five categories of interventions-recruitment, retention, advancement, leadership, and culture to examine the diversity gaps in the workplace.

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