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Men work longer, but women more open to working while on holiday: Study

Source | The Economic Times : By Varuni Khosla

NEW DELHI: India Inc. bets on its male employees to put in extra work hours more often but when it comes to working during vacations, female employees come up first.

A new TimesJobs study on ‘The Gender Divide @ Work” reveals many differences in work styles and patterns between the sexes.

Putting in the extra hours

Nearly 40% of both male and female employees put in around 10-12 hours in a regular day at work, however 70% male employees also do overtime at work as compared to 40% female employees. Of the 70% male employees who put in extra time at work 50% do it every day, 30% do it on alternate days and just 20% do it twice a week.

Of the 40% female employees who do overtime – 55% said they do it twice a week, 35% do it on alternate days and 10% do it every day.

“While there has been a significant shift in evaluating performance based on productivity, this TimesJobs study confirms that perceived gender differences still exist. However, this is more of a mindset issue, than an actual difference in job performance. Even if women do not spend as many hours in the workplace, their productivity and output is equal, if not greater in some cases, than that of men today. This is increasingly being recognized in India Inc.” says Nilanjan Roy, Head of Strategy, Times Business Solutions.

Though more male employees put in extra hours at work more frequently, the level of displeasure in doing overtime is almost equal for both genders. About 60% male and 70% female employees are not happy putting in extra hours at work.

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