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

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IL­LUS­TRA­TION:JAYANTO

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.

Ap­praisals:

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.

The monies:

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.

Fu­ture plans:

Work-life bal­ance:

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

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