Now that more workplaces have included gender diversity policies in the office, men aren’t so sure how positive these policies are for them, a new poll from YouGov shows.
More than one-third (37%) of men believe workplace gender diversity efforts ultimately disadvantage men. However, a much smaller number have actually experienced it, with only 18% saying they actually have faced discrimination at work because of their gender.
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In comparison, 31% of women report having faced discrimination based on their gender at work.
More men think women are paid more; equally
More than half (58%) of men acknowledge that they are generally paid more than women in the workplace, and 74% of women feel that men are paid more. The women are right: according to the U.S. Census Bureau, women earn less than men in almost all jobs.
The discrepancy continues with the question of equal pay: 26% of men think men and women are paid equally; only 12% of women think that.
When asked if female representation on company boards was important, 72% of women said it was important, while 23% were neutral. As for men, there was a wider gap: 56% said it was important, with 28% neutral and 16% disagreeing.
Men and women agree on gender-neutral topics like pay transparency
One place men and women do agree are an issue that doesn’t have anything to do with gender. It’s transparency policies – workplace policies where you can know what your coworker or boss makes.
About a third of Americans think pay transparency would be helpful to the workplace (33% of women and 32% of men). It’s the same for those who think it’s a bad idea: 31% of men and 31% of women.
Perhaps if everyone could look at each other’s checks, the question of men making more than women would be solved once and for all.
The poll was conducted online from a pool of 1,241 U.S. adults over 18.
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