Posts Tagged ‘workers’
Social Research Digest – October 2012
The study by Net Impact and Rutgers University provides a revealing picture of what students and professionals most value in a job, and demonstrates how opportunities to make a positive impact at work are linked to job satisfaction. The survey looked at a statistically-significant national sample of 1,726 individuals: currently enrolled university students about to enter the workforce, and currently-employed college graduates spanning three generations (Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers).
- Employees who say they have the opportunity to make a direct social and environmental impact through their job report higher satisfaction levels than those who don’t, by a 2:1 ratio.
- 65% of university students expect to make an impact on causes and issues they care about in their future job.
- The survey identified the five top job attributes, of 16 presented to rank, that workers want from their worklife: a good work/life balance, a positive work environment, good compensation, having interesting work to do and job security.
- Despite current employment outlooks and a lack of real-world experience, graduating students still maintain a desire to work for and with purpose, even if means a smaller paycheck:
- Over half (58%) would take a 15 percent pay cut to ‘work for an organization whose values are like my own.’
- Almost half (45%) would take a 15 percent pay cut to ‘have a job that makes a social or environmental impact on the world.’
- Over a third (35%) would take a 15 percent pay cut to ‘work for a company committed to corporate and environmental sustainability.’
- Around 15 percent of workers say they will definitely have a social or environmental impact through their job over the next few years, with another 31 percent saying they probably will.
- A strong majority of students (72%) have a life goal to have a job that they can make an impact on causes and issues important to them.
- Female students were more likely to select government, small business, or nonprofit jobs as their first choice, with male students more likely to select corporate jobs.
- Female students are more likely to say that a company that prioritizes corporate responsibility is more important to their ideal job over male students by 60 percent v. 40 percent.
- Having a positive work environment / positive culture ranks as the top quality students seek in an upcoming job (91%), followed by job security (90%) with financials (compensation/benefits) in third place at 87 percent.
Social Research Digest – June 2012
The report analyses the processes, outcomes and problems associated with the migration of women workers from South Asian countries to the Gulf region, focusing on five major sending countries in South Asia – Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – and six major receiving countries of the Gulf region – Bahrain, Kuweit, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Highlighting the positive economic aspects of migration in South Asia, this report also addresses the areas where women continue to experience injustice, violence and inequality at various stages of the migration cycle.
- In the context of increasing feminisation of international migration, it is more than likely that migration of women from South Asia to the Gulf region will see an increasing trend in future.
- Both demand side (growth of the service sector and care economy) and supply side (limited job opportunities and increasing LFPR among women) factors will drive the escalation in the migration of women workers.
- The process of migration is a highly convoluted one and reflects the power relations and hierarchies in terms of gender, race and other development indicators in the global economy and society.
- Evidence from the study indicates that, with increasing migration, for both the individual migrant and the sending economies, income and welfare are likely to increase with positive multiplier effects on the households and at regional and sub-regional levels.
- In the social and political spheres, these will have enormous consequences as the ensuing empowerment of women will reshape gender and power relations at the micro and macro levels.
- However, it is also more than probable that in the near future, women migrants from South Asia will continue to encounter discrimination and exploitation at different phases of the migration cycle, in both the sending and receiving countries.
- Most of the low skilled women migrants are caught in a web of marginal existence, on account of being women and low skilled migrants working in the confines of the household where the piercing eyes of labour law do not reach.
- It must be noted, however, that the enormous increase in the scale of migration of women has evoked several positive responses from various stakeholders.
- These have to an extent attenuated the insecurities and vulnerabilities of migrant women. At the international level, a number of organisations have engaged constructively to make female migration a central issue in public debate.
- At the national level, there is increasing awareness of the need for the migration policy to be gender-sensitive and also have specialised measures and programmes directed at women migrants.
UN Women and V.V Giri Labour Institute