You may have read that as women like work more than they like men...ahem, what it actually should say is that women like working more than men. What? We’re paid less (at last count we’re looking at about 100 years to close the gender pay gap), we get discriminated against, and our appraisals are likely to be more critical but overall we are happier at work than our male counterparts?
This little nugget is taken from a piece of research undertaken by Engaging Works which has a happiness survey on its website. This is what they reported:
- 69.4 per cent of women enjoy their jobs compared to 66.8 per cent of men
- Women working in the business and management services sector are the happiest, with an eight out of 10 happiness rating compared to women working in IT roles with 5.84.
- Women are happier than men when it comes to their working hours, with 73.1 per cent saying this in contrast to 71.4 per cent.
However, women weren’t all Pollyannaish:
- Women feel less rewarded at work, with 60.6 per cent saying they feel rewarded compared to 61.6 per cent of men.
- Women feel less developed than men at work with 59.5 per cent of working females feeling they are being developed compared to 60.7 per cent of men.
EngagingWorks was founded by Lord Mark Price, who said:
Women aren’t getting what they need in both practical and emotional terms to do their job well. As we prepare to enter a new decade, I suggest three areas that employers need to focus on to ensure a happier female workforce- empowerment, development and reward. It’s vital employers address these areas in order for there to be equality and balance in the workplace.
Well, companies, if you want to use the talents of all your workforce to full advantage you can always book Speak Up and RenewYou which both empower and develop and are both one day courses. I’ll leave the rewards up to you! ;>)