Most working mothers face unfriendly workplace: poll

Taipei, Although Taiwan appears to have made significant progress toward workplace gender equality, most working mothers feel that they face an unfriendly workplace environment, according to a yes123 online job bank survey released Thursday.

The poll on the pressure facing working mothers and their career planning reveals that 86 percent could not strike a balance between work and family and 81 percent have quarreled with their husbands over how to raise their children, while 60 percent have argued with their husbands over work issues.

It also shows that 59 percent of the respondents feel that Taiwan's workplace environment is not friendly to working mothers and 62 percent revealed that their companies have deliberately made things difficult when they have applied to take personal leave from work for their children.

Meanwhile, it is common that working mothers do not get equal pay for equal work and are offered little chance of promotion, the poll found.

Asked if they had a chance to go back and re-think their lives, 30 percent of working mothers said they would opt not to have children, according to the poll.

Financial stress is the main reason for working mothers to enter the workplace, the survey found, citing 79.6 percent of the respondents, including 67.3 percent who are under financial pressure but do not need financial support from the parental home and 12.3 percent who bear a financial burden and do need aid from the parental home.

Yes123 spokesman Yang Tsung-bin (???) said the survey shows that it is difficult for working mothers to juggle family responsibilities and the demands of a full-time job.

The online poll, which was conducted April 12-27 among female members who have children, collected 1,188 valid samples. It had a confidence level of 95 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.84 percentage points.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel