Bangalore, 27th June, 2017: Gender equality in the workplace has been a focal point globally for the past few years. The Randstad Workmonitor survey looked at employee sentiments around this topic and reveals interesting findings. 55% of the overall survey respondents from India indicated that men are favoured over women when two candidates are equally qualified for the same job at their workplace. 61% of the male respondents and 47% of the female respondents agreed to this statement, while globally 70% of the survey respondents stated this. 

Preference: male/female manager


When asked for preference, 70% of the male respondents from India mentioned that they prefer a male as direct manager and in reality, a vast majority (87%) actually have one currently. The figures deviate among women: only 41% of the female respondents prefer a male as direct manager and 50% actually have one currently. 
57% of the overall survey respondents from India had a male manager preference and a vast majority (70%) pointed out that currently, they work with a male manager. This was even higher than the global average of 67%, who said they currently work with a male superior. 

Presenting the survey insights, Paul Dupuis, MD & CEO, Randstad India said, “Gender diversity may be high on the agenda for India Inc. today, but what I believe is that diversity is not just a goal or a guideline, it is a business imperative. All the corporate and government initiatives are just a start, the real change can happen only when we succeed in addressing the deep-rooted mind sets about the role of women at work”

“It is a proven fact that diverse organizations perform better as this offers an assortment of knowledge and skills. An objective and ethical organizational philosophy that values an individual for the competencies they bring to the table is critical. After all, a country has truly evolved only when diversity in its true spirit is promoted across, with corporates setting the benchmarks, creating a conducive work environment for women. This will definitely help India reap rich rewards of economic growth as well”, he added

Rewards and team spirit

Despite numerous reports highlighting the continuous gender pay gap, the study also found that a whopping 91% of the respondents from India believed that at their workplace, both men and women in similar roles were rewarded equally. This is much higher than the global average of 79%, who thought so. 88% also felt that both men and women are equally supported when asking for a promotion. 

 In heading a team, 93% say that their direct manager plays an important role in setting the team spirit and 90% also agree that their direct manager advocates company culture and sets the example for the rest of the team members. 

Team Diversity

On a more positive note, team diversity was highly appreciated by all the employees globally, who were part of this study. 89% of the respondents from India said that they prefer to work in a gender-diverse team, while 86% believed that gender-diverse teams perform and achieve better results than single gender teams. And 61% consider it a good thing that one gender is favoured above the other in order to meet the diversity target. 84% also believed that gender equality increases with the seniority of the job. 

About Randstad Workmonitor:  

The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in the Netherlands in 2003, then in Germany, and now covers 33 countries around the world. The last country to join was Portugal in 2014. The study encompasses Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published 4 times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility visible over time.

The Workmonitor’s Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures the likelihood of an employee changing jobs within the next 6 months, provides a comprehensive understanding of sentiments and trends in the job market. Besides mobility, the survey addresses employee satisfaction and personal motivation as well as a rotating set of themed questions.

The study is conducted online among employees aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). Minimum sample size is 400 interviews per country. The Survey Sampling International (SSI) panel is used for sampling purposes. 

About Randstad India: 

Randstad India offers the broadest HR services portfolio ranging from Staffing, Search & Selection to Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). The organization has a vast network of offices across the country to be within the reach of clients, candidates and flexi workers. The company, previously called Ma Foi is a leader in the HR services industry in India for the past 25 years and became part of Randstad through its global acquisition of Vedior in 2008. The Randstad Group is one of the leading HR services providers in the world, active in 39 countries across the globe. Randstad India continues to focus on developing customized and innovative HR services, leveraging on its unique strengths of geographical presence and end-to-end capability across all HR service functions.

For more information: www.randstad.in

About Randstad:

The Randstad Group is a global leader in the HR services industry and specialized in solutions in the field of flexible work and human resources services. Our services range from regular temporary Staffing and permanent placements to Inhouse Services, Professionals, and HR Solutions (including Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Managed Services Programs, and outplacement). By combining our human touch with technology-driven solutions and tools, we aim to offer both clients and candidates the best tools and solutions for increased efficiency and engagement, connecting more people to more jobs. Randstad has top-three positions in Argentina, Belgium & Luxembourg, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the United States, and major positions in Australia and Japan. At year-end 2016, Randstad had 36,524 corporate employees and 4,752 branches and Inhouse locations in 39 countries around the world. In 2016, Randstad generated revenue of € 20.7 billion. Randstad was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Diemen, the Netherlands. Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, where options for stocks in Randstad
are also traded. For more information, see www.randstad.com

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