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Taiwanese women torn between work and family: survey

Taiwanese women torn between work and family: survey

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's women often feel torn between their job and family and this has become their biggest source of pressure, a survey conducted by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) has shown. According to a survey on the sense of happiness of Taiwan's working women in 2011, 18.8 percent of the women said that "they feel like they are burning the candle at both ends because of their job and family." Between 11 percent and 12 percent felt that they were "watching their marriage years pass by because of too much devotion to their work," "working long hours," and "not getting enough income to support their family." Asked to give a score for their happiness, with 100 being the highest score, 38.59 percent gave themselves a score of over 60 points. Only 14.03 percent gave themselves a score of over 70 points, according to the survey conducted by the CLA's Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training. The top three reasons cited by those surveyed as giving them the sense of happiness in the workplace are: having a "harmonious relationship with co-workers," (16.3 percent), "taking care of both job and quality of life," (15.22 percent), and getting a "generous salary and year-end bonus" (13.04 percent). Those polled also said that if the enterprises want to give working women a sense of happiness, they could do three things -- give good fringe benefits such as menstrual and maternity leave (18.1 percent), flexible working hours (14.1 percent), and a business culture that does not demand they work overtime (12.1 percent). The survey was conducted between Oct. 17 and Nov. 30 with 638 valid samples collected. According to the statistics of the Directorate Generate of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, more than 50 percent of Taiwan's women work. (By Zoe Wei and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-06 15:39 GMT+08:00