Women rank flexibility and adaptability key workplace traits
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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.
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.”
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.
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.