DO MEN HAVE IT ALL?
An HT Shinejobs-absolutdata survey finds women still struggling to reach the top slots, not getting enough credit for the hard work they put in
HT ShineJobs Correspondent
How is corporate India treating its female employees? Is gender bias still alive and kicking at the workplace?
The scenario is not exactly women-friendly. Men rule the roost – with hardly any women supervisors around. Male bosses are preferred and men (women think) take home fatter pay cheques because they bond better with their male supervisors. Men are driven by targets, are positive about appraisals and negotiate aggressively for salary hikes. Women don’t find the appraisal process transparent and, compared to men, feel dissatisfied at work because they feel their bosses take away all the credit from them.
In the run-up to the second Hindustan Times Shine HR Summit, to be held on September 27 at New Delhi’s Taj Palace, HT ShineJobs partnered with AbsolutData Research and Analytics to quiz employees on gender bias, their perception of their supervisors and satisfaction at the workplace. We came up with some very interesting responses
Most (45%) of those surveyed had their appraisals done by April 2012 – and got increments from 10% to 20%. The majority (60%) said the feedback given to them was fair and 66% were happy with it (senior-level employees were happier vis-à-vis their mid-level counterparts). Only 40%, (28% women), however, found the appraisal process transparent. The majority of those with positive sentiments were men (42%). It was also found that men were more aggressive when it came to negotiating for hikes. While many felt their achievements were pointed out to them, there was hardly any feedback on their drawbacks. Men and senior-level employees wanted their performance to be judged on the basis of targets achieved while females and mid- level employees demanded reviews.
Give credit where it’s due:
‘Dissatisfied’ employees felt they were not getting enough credit for hard work and that their superiors were unable to gauge their performance properly. More than one-third of those surveyed, especially at the midlevel, also felt their bosses took credit for all the work done.
Seventy-five per cent of the women felt they did not get the credit they deserved and said they were dissatisfied because the supervisor did not quantify their achievements.
Women (41%) felt that men were given higher salaries as men bonded well with their male supervisors. Men did not seem to agree that they earned more than women.
When it came to future plans, 89% of those surveyed said they wanted to get into top management, but only 65% had actually made plans to reach to that level. A higher proportion of those in the senior management were confident of reaching the top as compared to their mid- level counterparts.
Eightyfive per cent felt they had managed to balance life at work and the rest attributed the imbalance to demands of the house- hold and responsibilities when it came to children.
Almost all employees were open to changing their jobs - even though some said they were fairly happy at their current workplace.
The majority of the men said they would make a move if they were offered a better work environment or more money.
More men interested in changing jobs if offered a better work environment