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Indian men unhappy at work: Study

BS Reporter / Mumbai Mar 03, 2012, 00:59 IST

Indian men are among the most dissatisfied people at work across the globe, according to a report by Accenture, The Path Forward. The research report stated that as much as 72 per cent of men in India are not satisfied with their jobs. Brazil tops the list with a figure of 74 per cent men dissatisfied with their jobs.

Women cited lack of opportunities and heavy workload as reasons for dissatisfaction while inadequate pay was cited as the main reason for dissatisfaction by men in their jobs. The overall job satisfaction in India stands at 34 per cent, against a global average of 42 per cent. In spite of this fact, less than half of the respondents said that they were not looking for a new job because of a flexible work arrangement.

Over 78 per cent Indian women proactively manage their careers, said the study. "Respondents from developing countries are taking greater charge of their careers compared to those from developed economies. Apart from India, China and the UK, careers of many respondents are not managed at all," the study said. Both men and women in India strongly believe that women are equal to men in the workforce (60 per cent each), according to the research.

It was also found that women in India, USA (73 per cent each ) and China (83 per cent) increasingly demanded FWA than other nations. In India, 56 per cent women surveyed, availed of this facility compared to 44 per cent men.

The study also showed that men in India (64 per cent) had to sacrifice time with family to succeed in their career, making it the highest in the world.

"Today, greater number of women are retreating from the nine-to-five job and moving towards career customisation to overcome the challenges of managing careers and home life. We focus on outcomes and not hours to determine if an employee is productive and thus strongly believe that flexibility enhances productivity of the individuals and the organisation," said Rekha M Menon, executive director, Geographic Services for Accenture in India and ASEAN.

Soft skills, self confidence, educational qualifications, hard work and sponsors to advocate for self were listed as attributes important to career growth.

The report is based on an online survey of 3,900 business executives across 31 nations including India, US, UK, Brazil and China.

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