Shorter work week needed to improve work-life<br>balance for Canadian female executives

Study shows most female execs still looking for flexibility

Almost half of Canadian women respondents in a recent survey said they’ve considered leaving their current employer in search of a better work-life balance.

They’re looking for a shorter work week and the option to work from home, according to the study conducted by Pollara Inc., for the Women’s Executive Network.

The survey of 350 female executives from across the country found that most women — those with and those without children, empty-nesters and young mothers — want a four-day work week and more opportunity to work from home.

But only a minority of the survey respondents said they have that kind of flexibility from their current employer.

About a third of the women said they had the option of working four days a week, while half said they had the option of working from home a few days a week.

“Women executives are looking for flexibility from their employers rather than benefits that, in the end, cost employers a lot of money to set up and maintain,” said Angela Marzolini, vice-chair of Pollara.

The top-ranking female employees also said they’d like to have mentoring programs.

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