Indian employees at multinational organisations have higher aspirations to reach top management positions compared to their Chinese counterparts, states a new report released on Wednesday.
The survey, conducted by non-profit group Catalyst, surveyed a total of 1,834 “high potential employees” (44% women, 56% men) designated as future leaders and working for US or European multinational organisations across Asia.
Of the 226 Indian respondents, 78% said they aspired to reach senior executive or chief executive officer positions, compared to 52% of the 275 Chinese respondents, according to the study titled “Expanding Work-Life Perspectives: Talent Management in Asia”. Further, in the next five years a larger percentage of Indians aspire to move to a higher level (98%) compared to Chinese respondents (91%).
“The democratic system has a major role to play in increasing aspirations and that culture filters into the workplace. China has more restrictions and fewer freedoms,” said Rekha Sethi, director general, All India Management Association, which has 4,000 corporates across the country as its members.
Indian respondents also reported better flexibility in the company, with 72% saying there was enough flexibility compared to 57% of Chinese respondents.
“This study shows that, despite similarities… important country-level differences exist when it comes to work-life experiences within different Asian countries,” said the concluding segment of the report.
A separate report also looked at men’s and women’s impressions of the workplace in India. While 61% of the 165 men surveyed said it was easy managing work and personal life, 48% of 61 women surveyed said it was not so easy. Women also found companies less flexible to their needs (67%) compared to men (75%).
However, men and women had the same aspirations, with 98% of the women saying they wanted to get to a higher level in the next five years compared to 97% men. “It is obviously difficult for women to manage their work-life balance because of family needs,” said Neeti Sharma, vice-president of TeamLease, a staffing solutions company.