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New Delhi: According to a survey conducted recently, women tend to quit their jobs more often than men especially the ones who are working in the private sector. The glass ceiling remains unbroken due to a number of factors, including sexism and harassment at the office.

“About 40 percent of working mothers want to quit jobs to raise their kids. Gender bias together with workplace harassment and inconvenient working hours remained top reasons as to why the majority of respondents wanted to quit their jobs,” said a survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) under the aegis of its Social Development Foundation.

The survey was conducted ahead of International Women’s Day that is celebrated globally every year on March 8.

The association had interacted with a total of about 500 working women, including 200 working mothers in 10 cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune during the course of past fortnight to gauge their career related goals.

About 25 percent of the total respondents said they wanted to quit their jobs and cited various reasons ranging from inconvenient working hours or late sitting, pay gap, gender bias, workplace harassment, lack of safety, poor working conditions, the pursuit of higher education, family related issues and others, the survey said.

Motherhood and lack of quality time with family were the primary reasons to quit for 80 out of 200 working mothers interviewed by the association.

Regarding harassment, about 30 percent of the total women interviewed by ASSOCHAM said they had been harassed at work, were denied promotion and plum assignments.

Besides, many of them also said they did not get much support from their authorities if they complained and, as a result, felt bogged down further due to guilt and shame.

Most of the respondents said their organizations did not have redressal mechanisms in place and did not comply with legal requirements to provide a safe workplace for women and display a very casual approach to such issues.(IANS)

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Demanding Targets Make Employees Sleep Less Than 6 Hours : Assocham

"Depression, fatigue, and sleeping disorder are conditions or risks that are often associated with chronic diseases and have the largest impact on productivity."


Nearly 56 percent of corporate employees in India sleep less than six hours a day due to high-stress levels that arise out of tough targets set by their employers, an Assocham Healthcare Committee report said here on Monday.

“Setting of unreasonable and unrealistic targets causes lack of sleep, has wide-ranging effects including daytime fatigue, physical discomfort, psychological stress, performance deterioration, and low pain threshold and even increase absenteeism,” the report said.

Findings of the report pointed out that sleep deprivation costs $150 billion a year due to higher stress and reduced workplace productivity. The work performance pressure, peer pressure, difficult boss — all of this is taking a toll on the physical and mental health of people, it said.

About 46 percent of the Indian workforce suffer from some form of stress, according to the survey. Pexels

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The stress could be related to personal issues, office politics, or performance target issues, it added.

“There is a rising case of metabolic syndrome that includes, diabetes, high uric acid, high blood pressure, obesity, and high cholesterol (in India),” the report said.

About 16 percent of the sample population of the survey claims that they suffer from obesity. Depression was witnessed among 11 percent of the respondents, it said.

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People suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes comprised of 9 percent and 8 percent of the sample population respectively, as per the report. Pixabay

Spondylosis (5.5 percent), heart disease (4 percent), cervical (3 percent), asthma (2.5 percent), slip disk (2 percent), and arthritis (1 percent) are other common diseases among corporate employees, it said.

“Depression, fatigue, and sleeping disorder are conditions or risks that are often associated with chronic diseases and have the largest impact on productivity.” (IANS)

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