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Canadian Women Executives Desire Work-Life Balance

September 11, 2001

A survey of Canadian women executives finds that nearly half have considered leaving their jobs to gain a better balance between work and personal or home life.

Conducted in May 2001, the third annual POLLARA survey for the Women's Executive Network interviewed women in Toronto, Halton-Peel, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax. It found that 47 percent of women executives have considered leaving their current jobs to gain better work-life balance -- through reduced work hours and/or flexible schedules.

  • Of these 72 percent consider this on a regular basis.
  • Overall, more than one-third of all women execs consider this on a regular basis, including 37 percent of executive women who have children at home, and 32 percent who have never had children.
  • The most appealing benefits they look for in a job are not job-sharing or workplace child care facilities, but four-day workweeks, the option of working from home for a few days each week and mentoring programs.

Work-life balance is desired by all executive women, not just mothers, who want time and flexibility for their lives. Additionally, the survey found that 73 percent of self-employed women say their work arrangement has made it easier to accommodate their personal and family lives.

Source: "POLLARA Survey reveals more than 1/3 of women executives regularly consider leaving current positions for jobs providing better work-life balance," Domestic News, Toronto, Canada, July 17, 2001; "Moving Forward 2001: The Experience and Attitudes of Executive Women in Canada," May 2001, Women's Executive Network.

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