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This companion report to Catalyst’s main report Expanding Work-Life Perspectives: Talent Management in Asia, contributes to our knowledge of how organizations can best implement work-life programs within different cultural contexts. In this country profile, we draw from the larger sample to spotlight the experiences of 226 high-potential employees (27 percent women and 73 percent men) working in India for U.S.- or European-based multinational organizations. Respondents in this study were referred by their respective companies as promising future leaders and are among the best and brightest employees.

Our analyses found that:

  • Regardless of gender, future leaders in India are highly focused on their jobs and career advancement. They also report a strong dual work-family emphasis and the desire for work-life effectiveness.

  • Despite reporting similarly high levels of career interest and ambition as men, women in India report significantly more challenges managing work and personal life, suggesting the need for companies to consider how current work cultures and policies fit the experiences of all their talent.

Research Partners: BMO Financial Group, Chevron Corporation, Credit Suisse, Deloitte LLP, Desjardins Group, Deutsche Bank AG, Ernst & Young, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation, KeyBank, McDonald’s Corporation, UPS