Women rate work/life the top indicator of success
Friday, April 19, 2013
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
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.”