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An Accenture survey released as part of our 2012 celebration of International Women’s Day found that despite their current job dissatisfaction, more than two-thirds of all respondents said they do ...

An Accenture survey released as part of our 2012 celebration of International Women’s Day found that despite their current job dissatisfaction, more than two-thirds of all respondents said they do not plan to leave their current employers, with nearly the same number citing flexible work arrangements as the reason for staying put.

Most respondents said they are taking a variety of steps to actively manage their careers—including accepting a different role or responsibility, receiving more education or training, and working longer hours.




The Next Generation of the Working Woman

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    Accenture The next generation of the working woman Accenture The next generation of the working woman Presentation Transcript

    • The Path ForwardInternational Women’s Day 2012 Global Research Results
    • Research objectives• Accenture conducted its global research study, “The Path Forward” for release on International Women’s Day to gain insight into behaviors and attitudes regarding women’s careers• The research: – Explores career satisfaction, aspirations and factors for career advancement – Examines what may hold professionals back from progressing in their careers – Seeks to better understand the support and programs companies provide that attracts, develops and retains high-performing employees Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 2
    • Methodology• Accenture fielded an online survey of 3,900 business executives from medium to large organizations across 31 countries: – Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States• A minimum of 100 respondents from each country participated, excluding Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, where the combined number totaled 200• The survey was conducted in November-December 2011; the margin of error is +/-2 percent Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 3
    • Respondents’ profileGender GenerationFemale: Male: Baby boomers, Generation Y,50 percent 50 percent born 1964 and before: born 1979 and after: 33.3 percent 33.3 percent Generation X, born 1965-1978: 33.3 percent Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 4
    • Executive Summary 5
    • Few professionals plan to leave their jobs despite jobdissatisfactionFlexible work arrangements encourage people to stay More than half of respondents (57 percent of women, 59 percent of men) indicated they are dissatisfied with their jobs More than two-thirds (69 percent) said they do not plan to leave their current employers Nearly the same number (64 percent) cite flexible work arrangements as the reason for staying put Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 6
    • Multiple barriers to career advancement exist Barriers to • Respondents cited lack of opportunity or a career clear career path (42 percent) twice as often as family responsibilities (20advancement percent) as the greatest barriers to their advancement • Almost one third (32 percent) said they feel there are no barriers to their career advancement Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 7
    • Most employees are actively managing their careers • Most respondents said they are taking a Career variety of steps to actively manage theirmanagement careers, including: • accepting a different role or responsibility (58 percent), • receiving more education or training (46 percent), and • working longer hours (36 percent) Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 8
    • Today’s workplaceSeveral key findings include: • The majority of respondents (59 percent) Flexible work reported they have some type of flexible work schedules schedule, and 44 percent have used it for more than three years. • When asked about factors that have slowed their Slowed careers careers, 44 percent of respondents cited the economic downturn, which started in 2008, and 40 percent cited parenthood • While nearly three-quarters of respondents (71 Work-life percent) report having work-life balance most or balance all of the time, 42 percent said they sacrifice time with family and 41 percent said career demands have negative impact on family life Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 9
    • Today’s workplace (continued)Several key findings include: • The vast majority (73 percent) of respondents Spouses with with a spouse or significant other said that full time jobs person also holds a full-time job • Self-confidence (28 percent), soft skills (25 percent) and hard work (23 percent) were Career growth cited the most often as the attributes most important to career growth • Approximately one-third of respondents indicate Career advice they get career advice from colleagues (35 percent) or family (32 percent), and 77 percent said the gender of person giving career advice does not matter to them Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 10
    • Key Findings 11
    • More than half of respondents are dissatisfied with theircurrent job, yet majority do not plan to leaveWhich of the following statements best describe your currentsituation? Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 12
    • Many respondents state that they have remained attheir current job as a result of their flexible workscheduleHave you stayed at your job longer than you may have otherwise,because of a flexible work arrangement? No: 36 percent Yes: 64 percent Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 13
    • A lack of opportunity or career path was cited as barrierto career advancement twice as frequently as familyresponsibilitiesWhich of the following are holding you back in yourcareer? Multiple responses. Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 14
    • Almost two-thirds state that they proactively managetheir careersWhich statement is more accurate regarding your career? Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 15
    • In order to further their career, the majority ofrespondents are accepting a different role orresponsibilityWhich of the following actions have you taken to further youcareer? Multiple responses. Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 16
    • Almost two-thirds of respondents report they havesome type of flexible work scheduleDo you work any type(s) of flexible schedule?Multiple responses. Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 17
    • More than one-third of respondents say they have had aflexible work schedule for three years or moreHow long have you had a flexible work arrangement? More than 3 years: 1-3 years: 44 percent 31 percent Less than 1 year: 24 percent Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 18
    • Nearly half of respondents state that their career growthhas slowed since the economic downturn of 2008Please indicate your agreement with each of the followingstatements: My career growth has slowed down since theeconomic downturn in 2008 Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 19
    • Nearly half of respondents cited parenthood as thereason for a slowdown in their career growthPlease indicate your agreement with each of the followingstatements: My career growth has slowed down since becominga parent Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 20
    • Almost three-quarters feel they have work/life balanceall or most of the timeTo what extent do you feel you have work/life balance? Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 21
    • Two-fifths of respondents feel they sacrifice time withfamily for career successPlease indicate your agreement with each of the followingstatements: I have to consistently sacrifice time with my family tosucceed in my career Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 22
    • Two-fifths of respondents say career demandsnegatively impact their family lifePlease indicate your agreement with each of the followingstatements: Demands of my career negatively impact the qualityof my family life Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 23
    • Almost three-quarters of respondents have a spouse orsignificant other with a full time jobDoes your spouse or significant other have a full-time job? No: 27 percent Yes: 73 percent Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 24
    • The most noted attributes important to career growthwere self-confidence, soft skills and hard workPlease rank the importance of each of the following to careergrowth: Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 25
    • Approximately one-third of respondents indicate theyget career advice from their colleaguesWhere did you get your main career advice? Multiple responses. Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 26
    • Over three-quarters of respondents stated that thegender of the person giving career advice does notmatterDo you prefer to get career advice from a person of the same oropposite sex? Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 27
    • Additional Findings 28
    • More than half of respondents remain dissatisfied withtheir current jobWhich of the following statements best describe your currentsituation? Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 29
    • The reasons for respondents’ dissatisfaction are similarfor both men and womenPlease select the response(s) that best represent your feelingwith regard to your current job situation. Multiple responses. Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 30
    • Men and women describe their career paths in similarmannersWhich statement best describes your current career path?Multiple responses. Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 31
    • Slightly more men state a lack of opportunities or aclear career path while slightly more women cite familyresponsibilities as barriers to career advancementWhich of the following are holding you back in your career?Multiple responses. Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 32
    • Similar percentages of both men and women agree orstrongly agree that their career growth has slowedsince the economic downtown of 2008My career growth has slowed down since the economic downturnin 2008: Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 33
    • Significantly more women agree or strongly agree thattheir career growth has slowed since becoming a parentMy career growth has slowed down since becoming a parent: Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 34
    • More than half of respondents asked for a raiseHave you ever asked for or negotiated a pay raise? Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 35
    • Of those professionals who asked for a raise, more thanthree-quarters received oneWhat was the outcome? Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 36
    • Four in ten respondents asked for a promotionHave you ever asked for a promotion? Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 37
    • Of those that asked for a promotion, more than two-thirds received oneWhat was the outcome? Source: IWD 2012 Survey Copyright © 2012 Accenture All rights reserved. 38
    • The Path ForwardInternational Women’s Day 2012 Global Research Results