Women in the Workplace 2016

Women in the Workplace 2016 Study

There are fewer women in leadership positions in the workplace than men because women are less likely to receive a promotion to manager or be hired into senior positions.

This gap is especially pronounced for women of color.

The Women in the Workplace 2016 Study found:

For every 100 women promoted to manager, 130 men are promoted

Women experience an uneven playing field

Women are given less access to the people and opportunities that can advance their careers.

Women are negotiating as often as men—but face pushback when they do

Women who negotiate for a promotion or a raise are 30% more likely than men to be told that they are “bossy” or “too aggressive.”

Women get less access to senior leaders

Women are less likely to have interactions with senior leaders who can mentor them.

Women ask for feedback as often as men—but are less likely to receive it

Most managers say they give difficult feedback to both women and men, but women report they receive it less frequently.

Women are less interested in becoming top executives—and see the pros and cons of senior leadership differently

Only 40% of women are interested in becoming top executives, compared to 56% of men. Women and men worry equally about work-life balance and company politics, but women are more likely to say they don’t want the pressure.

Source: Women in the Workplace 2016
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