TJinsite has released results of a survey among Indian professionals from different industries, which indicates a higher preference for a female boss in the M&E sector, at nearly 67 per cent. The male to female ratio of respondents was 50:50 for this sector.
Across industries, 66 per cent respondents stated that their preference was to work with a male boss while 44 per cent aligned with female bosses.
According to Vivek Madhukar, COO, TimesJobs.com, this is because of paucity of women in leadership positions. He said, “One of the reasons the preference is skewed towards male bosses is because of the dearth of women leaders in companies. This pattern is not specific to India but is seen globally. Also, in many industries, employees may not have worked with a female boss at all. Hence the preference for a male boss.”
Fifty four per cent of the respondents to the survey were male and 46 per cent, female professionals. Also, 69 per cent of the respondents said they currently work for a male boss while 31 per cent said they have a female boss.
Among all respondents, 69 per cent classified female bosses as being ‘considerate and understanding’, 19 per cent marked them as ‘fun and flexible’ and 12 per cent described them as ‘practical’.
While 79 per cent of female respondents said they would like to work with a male boss, 66 per cent males said they would like to work with a male boss. Among male respondents, 79 per cent currently work with a male boss whereas 54 per cent of female respondents currently work under a male boss.
Fifty six per cent of those who currently work with a female boss would like to have a male boss and 71 per cent of those who currently work with a male boss would prefer continuing to do so.
Of all the respondents preferring a male boss, about 44 per cent felt they are more ‘considerate and understanding’, 30 per cent believed they are ‘practical’, 17 per cent rated them as ‘fun and flexible’ and the remaining 9 per cent said they are ‘unbiased’, according to the survey.
About 70 per cent of respondents from metros and 90 per cent from tier I cities/State capitals said they would prefer a male boss while in tier II cities 58 per cent respondents said they would choose to work with a male boss.
In IT/telecom, 92 per cent respondents said they prefer a male boss.