Gender Equality: A Vision of Work-life Balance For Women Working in Management in the Hospitality Sector
The aim of this research study is to investigate and analysed how women manage to balance their personal life and work, whilst maintaining a successful career development in the Scottish hospitality sector. This study also helps to gain a better understanding of the women challenges and the factors that influence the career advancement. The aim and objectives of this research will be accomplished through an in-depth literature review along with the results and analysis of the online survey. The researcher decided to adopt a quantitative approach distributing online survey to 68 respondents, women and men, who are currently working in the hospitality sector, mainly in a management position or with an aspiration for a future career progression. The researcher decided to include a few men participants, in order to get a better understanding of the similarity or dissimilarity between the two genders. The results gathered from the analyses of the online survey, identified the different themes and emerging theme that have a direct impact on the career progression and the work-life balance of women working in the hospitality industry. Finally, this study will outline different future recommendations for this research topic such as the possibility of a further investigation focusing more explicitly on the women’s perspective, the comparison of work-life balance between women and men at the same managerial level, a future research should adopt a mixed-method approach in order to get a more holistic and comprehensive insight of the research topic, and, finally, a future comparative study could be undertaken to compare the hospitality sector with another female-dominated sector.