MUMBAI : Even as progressive companies have taken up gender equality at the workplace on a war footing, research reveals a rather bleak picture on the ground. In Randstad’s Workmonitor survey, which studied employee sentiments around this topic, 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.
The survey stated that 61% of male and 47% of female respondents agreed to this statement, while globally 70% of the survey respondents stated this. When asked to reveal their preference, 70% of the male respondents from India mentioned that they would prefer a male as direct manager and, in reality, a vast majority (87%) actually have one currently. However, the figures deviate among women respondents, with only 41% of the female respondents saying they prefer a male as direct manager, with 50% actually having one currently.
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.”