Majority of working women believe they can ‘have it all’

2 Mar

LI_Women@Work_thumbnailTwo-thirds (63%) of working women prize work-life balance over their pay check, and three-quarters(74%) really believe they can have it all. These are the key findings from LinkedIn’s ‘What Women Want @ Work’ study, released to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March.

The emphasis for working women today is firmly on flexible working. Nearly two thirds (65%) of the 5,300 women who took part in the survey globally said they would like greater flexibility at workplace. And 80% believe a flexible work environment is the most important factor in determining the ‘success of the next generation of professional women’ – even more important than having more women in top jobs.

Having an interesting job was important for 58% of respondents, compared with 45% who prioritised salary. Interestingly, more than half (57%) of women without children thought having a child wouldn’t affect their careers, compared with 43% who do have children.

Another interesting fact emerging from the study is that 71% of women said their appearance has had no effect whatsoever on their career success.

LinkedIn offers the following tips for women to boost their careers:

  • Don’t wait for your employer to give you guidance on your career path.
  • Seek out women who can act your mentor.
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  • Save time and effort by using online networks to meet like-minded women professionals, mentors and key business contacts. (Well, this is a LinkedIn study).

The full results of the survey are in this colourful infographic:

LI_Women@Work_Global Infographic



3 Responses to “Majority of working women believe they can ‘have it all’”

  1. Daniella Alpher 03/03/2013 at 9:56 am #

    Why does this study include an entire section about physical appearance…? The ugly truth is that LinkedIn is effectively taking a stand on this just by dedicating so much space to it. Would it do the same for a survey about men and their professional opinions?

    • womaneer 04/03/2013 at 11:41 am #

      I totally agree. I doubt very much if a survey on men would take into account how sharply pressed their suits are, or whether their wrinkles are showing.

  2. kathy 04/03/2013 at 8:38 pm #

    I usually take a second look at infographics that have typos and this was no exception. My thought is: what else might be incorrect? As it turns out, the “appearance” section doesn’t add up–literally, so it brings all the other data into question for me.

    The reality is that we live by our impressions and it usually takes no more than 15 seconds to size someone up in any situation– that means what we have in front of us: physical appearance. And yes, we need to challenge our assumptions, but we need to be aware that we are constantly transmitting non-verbal information to the people around us.

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