How Gender Affects International Assignments

By Arundhati Ramanathan
Mint, New Delhi.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr)  New research reveals women in business employ the emotional and social competencies correlated with effective leadership and management more effectively than men. The greatest difference between men and women can be seen in emotional self awareness, where women are 86% more likely than men to be seen as using the competency consistently, and 45% more likely than men to be seen as demonstrating empathy consistently.

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Even as companies go all out to woo women on Women’s day with feel-good measures, the reality of juggling home and career has a far-reaching impact on women at the workplace.

Besides the perennial challenge of attrition due to childcare, reports from Michael Page, an executive search firm, and consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) show that women tend to be less confident about searching for a job when compared to men and few end up taking international assignments.

Michael Page surveyed 300 women in the Asia Pacific region and found that Indian women are less confident about their job search, with only 68% confident about finding a job within the next three months, when compared to 72% men.

This is because when women seek a job, it is not just about the opportunity or salary hike but also about how they will be able to balance things at home.

“Women are more realistic about their promotion. While searching for a new job, salary is not as important for women as it is for men. They prefer matching their life priorities with their career,” said Sebastien Hampartzoumian, senior managing director, Michael Page India.

This awareness also points to the higher emotional quotient in women. A new research by the Hay Group division of executive search firm Korn Ferry found that women employ the emotional and social competencies correlated with effective leadership and management more effectively than men.

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