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Flexibility Key to Promoting Women's Career Growth

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Giving women a salary increase and instituting more flexible workplace policies are among the ways employers can help them advance in their careers, new research shows.

While nearly 70 percent of employees expect to see more women in leadership roles in their companies by the year 2020, it won't happen without some help from employers, a study by Randstad US revealed. When both men and women were asked about the top ways in which their company can best help women advance to leadership levels, equal pay was cited the most often.

The other top ways businesses can help women advance their careers include:

  • Having more women in leadership positions.
  • Establishing more family-friendly work policies.
  • Offering more leadership development programs for women.
  • Providing greater flexibility in terms of scheduling and telecommuting.

The research found that women take notice when other females are in charge. More than three-quarters of the women surveyed said that women in positions of leadership is important when considering taking a position with a new company.

Lisa Crawford, senior vice president, Randstad US, said that with nearly 1 billion women poised to enter the global economy in the coming decade, and representing the majority of college and advanced degree holders, employers will be increasingly reliant upon women in the workplace to drive innovation and corporate success.

"In order to compete in the growing war for female talent in the years ahead, companies that encourage the development and attainment of leadership positions equitably will be well-positioned in their recruitment efforts," Crawford said. "The pursuit of leadership rank is a universal aspiration, and therefore organizations that help their work force achieve those goals, regardless of gender, will emerge successful."

The study found that women are more optimistic than men about their prospects. Only 46 percent of women expect to have to switch employers to grow their careers, compared to 56 percent of men.

The research was based on surveys of more than 2,000 full-time employees over age 18.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.