4 Striking Facts about Women in the Workplace

For decades, women have fought for equal representation with men in the workplace and while some progress has been made there is still a long way to go. In fact, over the last few years, the progress to gender equality in the workplace has dwindled according to the top-levelled findings of the 2018 Women in the workplace report released by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org. 

The report analyzed pipeline and HR data from 279 companies in North America that when combined account for 13 million workers. To give you a consensus of where things stand regarding women in the workplace we have put together the four most striking facts found in the report. 

  1. Men hold 62% of manager positions to women’s 38% 

In 2018, women made up 48% of entry-level employees, 38% of managers, 34% of senior managers and 29%. For every 100 men promoted to senior levels, only 79 women moved up to similar roles. These discrepancies cannot be explained by women leaving their companies or the workforce as the report found that both men and women are leaving their jobs at near-identical rates. 

  1. Women are less likely to interact with senior employees

The report indicated that 27% of men have never had substantial interaction with senior management surrounding their work, opposed to the 33% of women who say the same. 40% of men were found to have never had an informal interaction with senior leaders, while 49% of women reported the same. This may not seem like the most profound difference, however, interaction with senior leaders in a company can play a huge role in promotions and retrenchments. Put simply, fewer interactions lead to fewer opportunities. 

  1. Women are far more likely to be mistaken for junior employees

20% of women have been mistaken for someone far more junior than their current position, while only 10% of men have had the same experience. Women are also twice as likely to provide more evidence of their competence and are more likely to have had their judgment questioned. The report indicated that 64% of women have faced microaggression in the workplace, with these women reportedly being three times more likely to consider quitting regularly. 

  1. Women are far more likely to be the only representation of their gender in the workplace

In the report, a fifth of women reported that they were frequently the only women in the groups of people they worked with at the office. 40% of women in senior roles reported being the only representation of their gender in their leadership teams, as opposed to only 7% of males in the same position. 

Most of the companies that were included in the study say that gender diversity is a priority, however, no significant changes have been implemented to solve the problem. You don’t have to be the CEO or head of HR to start making changes if these statistics upset you. Small changes such as the ones presented in this article, pave the way to an overall shift in the culture.