Pricewaterhouse- Coopers says 82 per cent of women in its recent survey are confident in their ability to fulfil their career aspirations, with 73 per cent actively seeking career advancement opportunities.
To mark the International Women’s Day on Thursday, PwC surveyed over 3,600 professional women (aged between 28 and 40) to find out about their career development experiences and aspirations.
The survey included respondents from employers across 27 industry sectors and from over 60 countries worldwide.
According to the survey, 42 per cent of the respondents feel nervous about the impact starting a family might have on their career, “and 48 per cent of new mothers felt overlooked for promotions and special projects upon their return to work.”
The report – Time to talk: What has to change for women at work – stated, “Forty-five per cent believe diversity can be a barrier to career progression and only 51 per cent of women feel their employers are doing enough to improve gender diversity.
“Fifty-eight per cent of women identified greater transparency as the critical step employers can take.”
The report also showed that women were confident, ambitious and ready for what was next, “but many don’t trust what their employers are telling them about career development and promotion; or what helps or hurts their career.”
It added, “Although chief executive officers recognise the importance of being transparent about their diversity and inclusion programmes to build trust, the message isn’t universal and strong enough.
“Forty-five per cent of women believe an employee’s diversity status (gender, ethnicity, age and sexual preference) can be a barrier to career progression in their organisation, and only 51 per cent of women agree that employers are doing enough to progress gender diversity.”
It also said, “To improve career development opportunities, women identified greater transparency (58 per cent) as the critical step employers can take.
“This means offering staff a clear understanding of the expectations on both sides of the employment equation, including information about career progression and success, and open conversations with employees on where they stand and what is expected of them to advance.”
The Country Senior Partner, PwC, Uyi Akpata, described women as confident, ambitious and actively pursuing their career goals.
“Leaders should focus on creating an environment where women – and men – can have open conversation, and where there is clarity on what it takes to progress.
“This will benefit everyone and will lead to better results overall. This greater transparency is however just one piece of the puzzle; additional actions are needed to drive change,” Akpata said.
He added, “It must go hand in hand with efforts to mitigate any unconscious biases and gender stereotypes that have traditionally impacted career success and progression in workplaces around the world.”
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