Breaking through the glass ceiling

Mar 27, 2013, 07:00 ET from Randstad Canada

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 leadership positions.

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 job.

"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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