Views differ on leadership positions for women, survey finds

October 7, 20169:50 am663 views

Almost half of the women in Thailand feel they are inadequately represented in leadership positions, while more than two-thirds of men think women have sufficient standing in business, according to a survey by Robert Walters recruitment consultancy.

The finding came out of a January survey by the recruitment firm across key markets in Asia-Pacific to better understand existing perceptions of gender diversity.

It gathered the views of over 4,400 clients and active jobseekers across Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Additional interviews and research were collated to complement survey findings.

The survey shows 41 per cent of the respondents in Thailand agreed that women made up more than a fifth of leadership positions in their organisations.

Two-thirds believed that there were strong women leaders within their organisations who they could look up to as role models.

Further advocating the role of gender diversity in the workplace, two-thirds of women cited the opportunities to network within the business and engage with senior management as the most helpful driver in empowering them to develop their careers.

Punyanuch Sirisawadwattana, director of commerce, human resources, banking and IT at Robert Walters Thailand, said yesterday that most female working professionals would appreciate having a workplace culture that promotes gender diversity and equality.

“To aid their career progression in the workplace, we also encourage female employees in Thailand to challenge themselves by taking on high-visibility projects to showcase their leadership skills and consider the possibility of enrolling for mentoring programmes.”

Other key highlights of the survey show that 51 per cent of women in Thailand think their current employer has clear and enforced policies on gender diversity, equality and inclusion, and 63 per cent of women acknowledge the presence of fair and equal representation of women business leaders in their organisation.

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