International Women’s Day 2013: Defining Success (Accenture Global Research Results),

accentureAccenture conducted its global research study, “Defining Success” for release on International Women’s Day to gain insight into behaviors and attitudes regarding women’s careers. The research:

o Seeks to better understand how professionals define success – in their careers and personal lives

o Explores career satisfaction, work-life balance and workplace priorities – Examines how technology influences work-life balance

Accenture conducted an online survey of 4,100 business executives from medium to large organizations across 33 countries:

o Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States

o A minimum of 100 respondents participated from each country, excluding Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden where the combined number totaled 200

o The survey was conducted in November 2012; the margin of error is +/-2 percent

This is what caught my eye:

According to respondents, their desire to balance a successful career with a full life outside work influences job choice, and tops money in defining success for them.

o 70 percent of both women and men believe they can have a successful career as well as a full life outside work

o 50 percent also said they cannot “have it all at the same time”

o More than half (52 percent) say they have turned down a job due to concerns about its impact on work-life balance

o Work-life balance tops respondents’ definitions of career success, ahead of money, recognition and autonomy (cited by 56 percent, 46 percent, 42 percent and 42 percent, respectively)

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To read or download and then read the complete report, please click here.

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