Women are getting a lot more empowered in the workplace, but the level of empowerment and growth is slow as a snail. That is just one among a number of surprising facts about women in the workplace. Here in this article, we have explored some of the most surprising facts to do with women in the workplace.
A global survey revealed that women are on par with men when it comes to entry-level employment. But things get murky to bad when it comes to senior-level employees. The C-class or the senior level position, such as vice presidents and managerial appointments only see about 17% of women employees across multiple sectors, and it is even worse when we look at top level leadership, with very few women getting the opportunity to work in such leadership positions.
Mentorship is an important asset to climbing up the corporate ladder, and a lot of women still feel that top management doesn’t adequately mentor them. Around 18% of men in senior level management stated that they were there due to the help of other senior executives passing on the wisdom that cannot be learnt through experience or knowledge alone but by shared wisdom. Only about 10% of all women in senior level management state that they had some form of mentorship. The numbers are even more skewed when it comes to black women in senior level management, with more than 70% claiming that they weren’t provided with the same level of learning or mentorship that their white and Hispanic counterparts received.
The counter-argument that a lot of employers put forward actually holds a lot of weight. Men are driven by competition to a large extent, and their egos are quite fragile and thus require validation in the form of social hierarchy and corporate hierarchy to be satisfied. Women, on the other hand, want a wholesome developmental experience coupled with holistic growth. The survey shed light on satisfaction and happiness of women in senior management. Only around 15% of women were happy in their senior level position, while over 45% of men were satisfied and happy with their role in senior management. An organization will look to employees who will be satisfied and happy in their role, and dissatisfied employs don’t scream out motivation.
Overall, we found that a lot of changes still need to be done to ensure that women are given the same opportunities as men.