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Women rate work/life the top indicator of success

Friday, April 19, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Two-thirds of working women consider achieving work/life balance the most important indicator of workplace success, according to a new global survey of women by LinkedIn.

Asked what "success at work” meant to them five to 10 years ago, 56 percent said "a high salary,” while fewer than four in 10 cited work/life balance, according to "What Women Want @ Work,” based on a survey of more than 5,300 working women in 13 countries.

Seventy-four percent of the women agree that a woman can have it all: a fulfilling career, relationship and children. A greater number, 80 percent, believe a flexible work environment will be the single most important factor in determining their success.

Seven in 10 of the women say a greater representation of senior-level women as vital for the future of female professionals. Professional women are also concerned about the lack of a clear career path (51 percent), the lack of investment in professional development (47 percent) and pay inequality (44 percent) and juggling family responsibilities (44 percent).

More than half (53 percent) of working mothers said they love their children and careers equally. While 25 percent of working moms said they love their children, they said they "could never be a stay-at-home mom.”

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