Randstad Survey: What Women Want from Employers
Respondents Rated Flexibility & Adaptability as Top Skills for Career Growth
ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2012
ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the workplace continues to evolve,
more workers are not only taking on additional responsibilities, but many are
learning skills outside of their traditional roles. Thus, it's not surprising
that a newly released study today by Randstad US shows that flexibility and
adaptability are two top skills women need to succeed in the workplace. Just
over half of women surveyed, 51 percent, reported these skill-sets as one of
the top two most important, followed by knowledge of technology (selected by
37 percent) and teamwork (selected by 35 percent), respectively.
In Randstad's latest Engagement Index study, women's insights and perspectives
on work and employee engagement were highlighted, as well as how women viewed
the economy's impact on their jobs.
oWhile 57 percent of women said they expect to grow their careers with
their current employers, 48 percent of women still plan to explore other
options when the job market picks up
oForty-one percent of women noted they would give a lot of consideration to
a job offer given to them by a different company or organization
"Women are taking on leadership roles and advancing to the top levels of
organizations faster than ever before. It is, therefore, critical that
companies not lose sight of what it takes to successfully identify, retain and
engage high potential women," said Linda Galipeau, Randstad CEO of North
America. "We believe it is crucial for more executives, both men and women, to
actively serve as sponsors for the next generation of female leaders. Not only
is it essential for women to have access and visibility to senior executives,
but it's equally important for organizations to have a clearly defined
strategy for developing women for the top roles while ensuring they are
willing and able to throw their hats in the ring when the time is right."
Other notable findings:
oSixty percent of women indicated that having their efforts valued and
recognized is one of the most important elements. Only 63 percent feel
that their efforts are, in fact, recognized and valued
oAlso ranking towards the top, 53 percent of women indicated that one of
the key elements driving their commitment to their jobs is enjoying going
to work each day
oHow can employers better engage their employees? Promotions and bonuses
for high-performing employees, according to 39 percent of women surveyed.
However, only 24 percent of respondents stated their companies offered
In an effort to showcase dynamic and inspirational leaders who have
successfully navigated and thrived in their organizations, Randstad will hold
its first US "WomenPowering Business" panel discussion this morning. The
panel will feature top female leaders in the Atlanta area who will discuss
strategies and giveadviceto women navigating their career paths. Susie
Wolff, development driver for the Williams F1 racing team, of which Randstad
is a partner, will also be participating and sharing some of her career
milestones and key insights to her success.
Additionally, Randstad launched its WomenPowering Business section on its
Workforce360 thought leadership site. This section will include the latest
research and trends shaping the way women work. For more information, as well
as other research insights, advice and career resources, visit
The Randstad Engagement Index is comprised of findings from quarterly waves of
research targeting employees and annual surveys of employers. The fifth wave
of findings was conducted online June 28 - July 18, 2012 from a national
sample of 3,251 adults (including 1,430 women) aged 18 and older who are
currently employed full time from Ipsos' U.S. online panel.
Weighting was used to balance demographics and ensure samples reflect the U.S.
population of working adults.
Employees and employers were surveyed to compare notable differences in
perceptions and attitudes. Multiple waves of research allow for trending and
to track changes in perceptions and attitudes over time. Research into
employee attitudes and perceptions will be conducted quarterly. Research into
employer attitudes and perceptions will be conducted on an annual basis.
About Ipsos Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs is a non-partisan, objective, survey-based research
practice which conducts strategic research initiatives for a diverse number of
American and international organizations, based on public opinion research.
They are the international polling agency of record for Thomson Reuters, the
world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and
professionals. To learn more, visit: www.ipsos-pa.com.
About Randstad US
Randstad is a $22.5 billion global provider of HR services and the second
largest staffing organization in the world. From temporary staffing to
permanent placement to inhouse, professionals, search & selection, and HR
Solutions, Randstad holds top positions around the world and has approximately
28,700 corporate employees working from its nearly 4,700 branches and inhouse
locations in 40 countries. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Diemen, the
Netherlands, Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam.
Learn more at http://www.randstad.com.
Contact: Media, Lesly Cardec, Senior PR Director, Randstad, +800-422-3819,
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