Deloitte: “Women in Serbia find it difficult to access managerial positions and are paid less”
The consulting and auditing firm Deloitte recently conducted a survey called “Women in Business” which shows the attitudes, beliefs and reasoning of women who run businesses or individual sectors in large, small and medium-sized enterprises.
The aim of the research is to shed light on why women in companies, especially in managerial positions, are always at a disadvantage compared to men and how this situation can be changed in favor of women. ‘greater equality for the benefit of the whole community.
Research shows that women in Serbia still struggle harder than men to gain leadership positions, are often paid less and are often more exposed to questions about privacy and family planning during job interviews.
Encouragingly, 98% of those surveyed support other female family members to take a leadership role in the company where they work. At the same time, they believe that women should be more represented in management positions, but also that there is a significant difference in management styles between men and women.
When asked about the best work-life balance, only 24% of our respondents think men perform better, while 44% think women perform better by maintaining a better work-life balance. .
In the business world, some traits are often attributed more to men and others to women. Research participants believe that characteristics such as professionalism, leadership skills, the ability to present and participate fairly in board meetings, effective negotiation skills and innovative ideas in most cases characterize women and men. Women in managerial positions in Serbia, on the other hand, are more analytical and able to multitask.
With women primarily responsible for family and household chores, it is not surprising that more than half of them (51%) believe that work-life balance programs would lead to more women ending up in positions. of management. Mentoring by experienced and talented administrators (46.9%), but also flexible working conditions (42.9%) would help.
61% of respondents believe that women are less likely to decide to become self-employed. However, almost 2/3 do not think that the sources of funding are more limited for women than for men (65%), while 24% think so. Regardless of all the limiting factors, 80% of women would commit to becoming independent entrepreneurs, while 20% do not see themselves as such.
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