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Women want to acquire flexibility and adaptability from employers

Posted on November 14th, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

As HR administrations struggle to retain talent necessary for successful business, working women rate flexibility and adaptability as the two top skills they need to succeed, according to a recent study by Randstad.

The company's Engagement Index found that while 51 percent of women prioritize these abilities, 37 percent said technology knowledge and 35 percent stated teamwork are their most coveted skills.

Women invest in their work, and expect employers and HR services to reciprocate the effort. Sixty percent of women surveyed said having their work valued is one of the most important elements for their work happiness, while only 63 percent feel their efforts are actually recognized.

"Women are taking on leadership roles and advancing to the top levels of organizations faster than ever before," said Randstad CEO Linda Galipeau. "It is critical that companies not lose sight of what it takes to successfully identify, retain and engage high potential women."

The study suggests employers provide women with visibility into the company's operations, in addition to the tools necessary to climb the career ladder, such as development strategies and promotions.

While women are dedicated workers, they aren't attached to their current employers. Nearly half of respondents plan to explore job options from other companies and 41 percent said they'd seriously consider an offer from a new organization.

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