Indian working women as ambitious as men

Mumbai: A whopping 87 per cent of Indian working women are seeking advancement in their careers, finds a survey challenging the commonly held view that women are not as ambitious as men.

However, only 60 per cent of women agreed that their company promoting diversity, while just 29 per cent reported having benefited from the programme, revealed the survey led by global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) titled “From Intention to Impact: Bridging the Diversity Gap in the Workplace”.

Conversely, 73 per cent of men believed that the workplace management is committed to gender diversity, suggesting that men were more optimistic about the company’s commitment toward gender diversity than women.

“It is important to engage male employees to promote gender diversity. A strong correlation exists between men’s support for gender diversity and its subsequent progress. Unless men are champions of and equal stakeholders in this agenda, it will always remain a special interest women’s support programme,” Priyanka Aggarwal, Partner and Director, at BCG, said in a statement on Monday.

“When men act as change agents, the programme becomes free from any prejudices and policies are viewed as fair and neutral. Men can be involved as mentors for women or as core members of the design and implementation team of the programme,” Aggarwal said.

Keeping in mind these disparities, the survey suggested that companies must spend their time and effort on time-tested and effective initiatives like anti-discrimination policies and regulatory requirements, providing parental leave and child care and offering flexible working models.

The survey is based approximately on 1,500 employees across 25 large Indian companies seeking their perspec­tives on five categories of interventions-recruitment, retention, advancement, leadership, and culture to examine the diversity gaps in the workplace.

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