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46% of Women Satisfied with Career
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2012-2-27-
Title: 46% of Women Satisfied with Career
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Source: womenofchina.cn
Release Date: Feb.24, 2012
Keyword: women, career, income
 

According to the results of a recent Career International survey, 46% of women are satisfied with their jobs.

The 2011 Survey on Working Women's Work and Life Status interviewed women working in commercial office buildings in major central business districts of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, analyzing and summarizing the current conditions and development trends amongst female office workers.

The survey was initiated in December 2010 and was conducted through multiple channels of the Career International Candidate Databases, questionnaires delivered directly to women on the streets and by their respective HR managers. A final count of 2,797 valid responses were compiled.

The survey covered an overall inquiry into the situations of working women and focused particularly on post-economic crisis changes in their work environments as well as their professional mentalities.

Career Crisis

The survey reveals that more than 90% of career women are suffering from some sort of career crisis. Over 40% think that their jobs are too demanding and the pay disproportionate to the work load. Twenty percent are disheartened by long commutes and another 20% are hoping for promotions and more learning opportunities.

It is worth noting that women with higher educational backgrounds and professional skills appear to have stronger intrinsic motivation to expand their knowledge.

Human resource managers suggest that career women should focus on personal growth and gaining knowledge. They also need to cultivate cultural and social capital.
46% in Sub-health Condition

According to the World Health Organization survey, 75% of the world population is in sub-health condition and the rate amongst white-collar women is as high as 85% or more.

Of the white-collar women surveyed, 46% are in sub-health status and half of them are overstrained. Amongst those aged between 30 and 40, nearly 40% have symptoms of mental and physical exhaustion, irritability and insomnia.

Not surprisingly, more than half of the survey participants have changed jobs due to work pressure and health problems.

These women tend to expend an inordinate amount of energy worrying about the future, their income and their position in society. Some of them attach too much importance to career and begin to view their bosses'words or expressions from a crisis point of view. Moreover, for a lot of women, an inability to relax puts them in a constant state of physical exhaustion.

Given all this, about 33% of respondents express a desire to stay at home and be full-time housewives. Only 23% are eager to build on their professional skills.

Although it is ultimately their choice whether or not to stay in the workforce or at home, 33% is a significantly large figure, indicating that workplace stress, career crises, and health problems are driving women out of the office and back to home and hearth.

This statistic is certainly an early warning for both society and workplaces. 

Experts say that it is up to the government to improve policies and measures that allow women to have better work-life balance, while workplaces need to create a more women-friendly environment with more flexibility to allow for the juggling act that is most working women's lives. Finally, women themselves are advised to be pragmatic vis-a-vis their career and life plans. 

Job-hopping

Job-hopping has become the norm amongst modern white-collars, especially the younger generation. The survey shows that 45% of women aged between 21 and 28 have job-hopped and the rate rises to 53% amongst those aged between 28 and 40.

A substantial salary increase, more job stability and higher chances of promotion are all cited as motivations for job-hopping. In other words, working women are increasingly looking towards greener pastures.

Recruitment websites and social networks are the main channels for finding other job opportunities. It is evident that the Internet has been playing a much larger role in the job-hunting process when compared to the traditional newspapers and magazines classified ads.

Besides relevant skill sets and experience, women in the workplace also need to know how to promote themselves, keep up with what is happening in the world and show potential employers the best version of themselves.

With regards to employee turnover, interviews indicate that internal company factors are one of the most crucial determinants. Unsurprisingly, turnover at upper level management and positions with higher recruitment thresholds are lower and vice versa.

The survey shows that managerial positions involving research, design and engineering have the lowest turnover and sales positions have relatively high turnover.

Older Women More Satisfied

The survey reveals that job satisfaction is highest amongst older women aged 41 to 50 while it is lowest just one age bracket down, amongst women aged 31 to 40.

Statistics show that 49% of interviewed women prefer jobs in business support, such as personnel clerk, finance clerk and assistant.

The survey also finds that the average woman works 45 to 55 hours a week.

In general, there are more men than women working in offices. Women also tend to hold more positions in marketing, finance, personnel administration and clerical work as opposed to sales, technology and engineering. 

While the vast majority of companies provide adequate benefits, companies are yet to install reward strategies that take into consideration the advantages of women employees. Women tend to be more loyal to their workplaces and more able to endure setbacks.

Career consultants say that a comparison between women and men in the workplace is counter-productive and women need to be more self-aware with regards to which jobs they are particularly suited for. They should have a clear career progression plan and determination to succeed.

As society develops, women will play an increasingly important role in the labor force. It would do well for governments and workplaces to sit up and listen to their women workers' needs. 

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