Mazars survey: work-life balance continues to elude women

An international study commissioned by Mazars has found that, while significant progress has been made around the world in terms of gender equality, inequalities between men and women at the workplace persist, while women continue finding difficult to strike an acceptable work-life balance.

A copy of the study, entitled ‘Welcome to the World of Women’, was recently presented by Mazars Malta Managing Partner Anthony Attard to the President of the National Council of Women (NCW) Mary Gaerty.

Conducted in 2014, this comparative survey was based on the participation of 2,382 women from 108 countries. In his presentation to the NCW, Mr Attard stated that among the main outcomes of the study, one finds that although legislative measures have given many women the freedom they want, inequalities between men and women persist.  The survey also found that more than half of the women surveyed felt discriminated against. They also think that their progress, career-wise, is not the same as that of their male counterparts. “Perhaps even more disturbing”, added Attard, “is the fact that 63% consider maternity as an obstacle to their career path”.

The Mazars Malta Managing Partner further explained that “The underlying tensions emerge from the fact that most women find a work-life balance elusive and that the multiple roles women carry are a source of stress and frustration”, “76% of the women surveyed state that they would like their partner to support them more in dealing with everyday life and take a greater part in it. They also count a lot on their employer in ensuring that employees achieve a better work-life balance”. The study concludes that reconciling work and private life is possible provided there is a genuine collective commitment which supports working women, both from their partners as well as their employers. 

Anthony Attard went on to underline the importance which Mazars has been giving to gender issues over these last years: “It is now widely accepted that women's participation in the labour market constitutes tomorrow's economic development. MAZARS has therefore chosen to investigate the themes of gender equality and cultural and generational differences. This study attempts to discover what women experience, what they criticise and what they dream of”. MAZARS has already published two studies on gender issues, including ‘Revolution Y’ and ‘What do the men think?’, conducted in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Concluding his address, Mr Attard gave an overview of MAZARS, explaining that the company is present in 73 countries including Malta, and that it draws its strength from the diversity of its 14,000 employees. He also added that 66% of MAZARS’ team in Malta are women: “We are proud to offer work conditions which promote a better work-life balance for all our employees, and we strongly believe that to be successful, we need to harness the collective intelligence of all our team members”.

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