Women Have Less Flexibility At Work Compared To Men

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world and is a day to reflect on how far we still have to go to truly achieve gender equality. It takes collaboration and commitment to create a world where women have equal rights and opportunities.

At WorkScore, we conducted a survey of up to 13,000 employees to dig deeper on the challenges of gender equality in the workplace and share tips on how to bring more balance to work.

Wellbeing woes

Based on our findings, men have more positive experiences at work than women. In fact, 35 percent of women feel that work has a negative impact on their wellbeing. Women also reported to experience more stress in their workplace than men. According to Harvard Business Review, stress factors include more domestic responsibilities, feeling obligated to say “yes” to all requests, and receiving lower pay for similar work.

Not enough recognition

Women reported that they don’t regularly receive recognition for their work. Compared to 45 percent of men who received high recognition, 44 percent of women received a low rating for their work.

Lack of flexibility

Less than 50 percent (45%) of women rate that they have no flexible hours or location for work. In fact, 43 percent of women quit their jobs when they have children, because of the lack of flexibility on offer to most women. Women are looking for work models that support family responsibilities, and say that’s the biggest barrier to their career progression.

It’s crucial to promote gender equality and provide ongoing support for women in your workplace.

Here are some practical ways to promote gender equality:

Reward different working styles

It’s important to acknowledge everyone’s efforts. Add group accomplishments and team productivity into performance evaluations. You can also encourage collaborative work to ensure everyone is working together as a team, rather than autonomously. Ability isn’t defined by gender.

Offer flexible hours when needed

Harvard Economics Professor Claudia Goldman finds that one of the reasons women earn less than men, is that they prefer temporal flexibility over salary. It’s important to implement policies that allow your employees to work from home. Establish core hours, then let your employees pick their schedules around that. You can also offer job sharing tasks, which may lighten the load for your workers.

Provide mental health support

Establishing mental health and wellness procedures for your workplace is incredibly vital. Employees need to know their work environment is ready to support them. Listen carefully to your employees and respond to their needs. Suggest any mental health services that you think will be a good option for them.

Recognise hard work

Appreciation is a strong foundation. When your employees know their efforts are recognised, they feel a deeper connection with their employer and the organisation. Take time to simply thank your workers for their contributions. The more appreciated they feel, the more likely they’ll stay loyal.

Together, let’s strive for change this International Women’s Day. It’s time to bridge the gap of gender equality.

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