Work-life balance spells success for S'pore women

Work-life balance spells success for S'pore women

SINGAPORE - The majority of female professionals in Singapore define success as being able to maintain a balance between their work and personal lives, a study by LinkedIn has found.

The 'What Women Want @ Work' study found that 58.3 per cent of women regard having a work-life balance an indication of professional success.

This definition of professional success appears to be a recent phenomenon. According to LinkedIn, only 33.2 per cent of women prioritised work-life balance as a determining factor of success a decade ago. 

The survey also revealed that women in Singapore feel confident about their careers and are positive about juggling their work life with their personal lives.

Of the 400 respondents in Singapore, 67.3 per cent consider their careers 'successful', while 67.5 per cent believe that they can 'have it all', including a fulfilling career, relationships and children.

On the issue of how children will affect career ambitions, however, women have differing views. The study found that two out of three (63.5 per cent) of those currently without children, plan to slow down their careers when they have a child, while the remaining feel they will not.

The survey also found that fewer women place an emphasis on salary when defining their professional success. Compared to 64.7 per cent in 2003, only 57.8 per cent  of women today feel that salary was the main factor which determined success.

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