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Women rank flexibility and adaptability key workplace traits

Wednesday, November 14, 2012  
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As the marketplace demands workers to take on additional responsibilities and learn skills outside of their traditional roles, women report flexibility and adaptability are two top traits needed to succeed in the workplace, according to the latest Randstad US Engagement Index, an online survey conducted from late June through mid-July 2012 that reflects women's attitudes about their jobs. 

Just over half of the more than 1,400 women surveyed named these traits the most important, followed by knowledge of technology (selected by 37 percent) and teamwork (selected by 35 percent).

Asked about job commitment, more than half (57 percent) of women expect to grow their careers with their current employers. Still, 48 percent plan to explore other options when the job market picks up, Randstad found. Forty-one percent of women said they would seriously consider a job offer given to them by a different company or organization.

"Women are taking on leadership roles and advancing to the top levels of organizations faster than ever before. It is, therefore, critical that companies not lose sight of what it takes to successfully identify, retain and engage high-potential women,” said Linda Galipeau, Randstad CEO of North America. "We believe it is crucial for more executives, both men and women, to actively serve as sponsors for the next generation of female leaders. Not only is it essential for women to have access and visibility to senior executives, but it’s equally important for organizations to have a clearly defined strategy for developing women for the top roles while ensuring they are willing and able to throw their hats in the ring when the time is right.”

Sixty percent of women indicated having their efforts valued and recognized is one of the most important elements driving job commitment. Sixty-three percent believe their efforts are, in fact, recognized and valued.

More than half -- 53 percent -- said "enjoying going to work each day” is a key element in job commitment.  To better engage employees, companies should offer promotions and bonuses for high-performing employees, according to 39 percent of women surveyed. Just 24 percent of respondents said their companies offered such perks.  

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