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69% Indian women say they can balance home, work

Although there are competing pressures from both work and home, in India, 69 per cent of women said that they could meet career goals and still devote sufficient attention to their personal lives, a survey said.



Bangalore: Although there are competing
pressures from both work and home, in India, 69 per cent of
women said that they could meet career goals and still devote
sufficient attention to their personal lives, a survey said.

These were findings of a research conducted by the Kenexa
Research Institute (KRI), a division of Kenexa, a global
provider of business solutions for human resources in March
2010 using 1000 Indian respondents in the age group of 18-58
and working for a variety of industries from manufacturing to
banking and financial, to hi tech manufacturing.

"Women in India report they are more likely to achieve
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 report their company
supports employees` efforts to balance work and
family/personal responsibilities.

For all women workers studied, working in an organization
that supports work/life balance has a significant, favorable
impact on how these workers rate their pride in their
organization, willingness to recommend it as a place to work
and their overall job satisfaction.

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

"It is encouraging to see that women can find a balance
between work and home, but some organizations can do more.
Almost 35 per cent of women in India don’t report adequate
organizational support. Companies that build a supportive
infrastructure and processes stand to attract and retain
talented employees and also strengthen their marketplace
advantage,” said Brenda Kowske, Ph.D., research consultant,
Kenexa Research Institute.

In a similar survey conducted, only 62 percent of women in
US, 65 percent in China, 55 percent in UK, 47 percent in
France, 41 percent in Japan reported to have struck home
and workplace balance.

PTI

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