69% Indian women say they can balance home, work

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.