There is a strong case for more balanced C-suites, as a study reveals
that Canadians believe in diverse, gender-balanced leadership teams.
TORONTO, March 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Findings from Randstad's latest
Global Workmonitor, surveying employees in 32 countries around the
world, reveal that while most Canadian companies have more male than
female managers (58%), 88% of Canadians believe in diverse and balanced women/men teams.
The need for diversity expressed by employees is also reflected in their
opinions on women in leadership positions. Forty percent feel that
there are not enough women in leadership positions at their current
employer. The percentage is highest in in China (79%) and India (76%)
where employees feel strongly about the need for more women in
Furthermore, 68% of Canadian respondents believe that quotas forcing
companies to promote more women to leadership positions are effective.
The study also reports that in Canada, employers encourage women to
pursue leadership positions more often than in other countries (74%).
"Canadian employees are seeing the value of nurturing a mixed gender
work environment, in the boardrooms as well," says Hanna Vineberg,
Vice-President Central Ontario, Randstad Canada. "Companies who build
balanced teams will resonate better with their current and potential
employees, and will be better equipped to meet the needs of a market
that is increasingly complex, demanding and diversified."
With regards to equity, 73% of respondents perceive that their employer
rewards men and women equally in similar positions and only 28% think
women make less money than men do in similar positions.
In a 2012 study conducted by Randstad polling women from across Canada,
a majority of respondents felt there are still discrepancies compared
to their male counterparts when it comes to salary. According to the
survey, more than nine in 10 women in managerial positions in Canada
say that they are still making less money than a man doing the same
"The gap in perceptions is a clear indication that organizations still
need to invest in promoting gender diversity, especially in more senior
roles, and show how their career opportunities are as appealing to
women as they are to men", adds Vineberg.
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SOURCE: Randstad Canada
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