A significant number of men think gender diversity at work is hurting them

More than half of men acknowledge that they are generally paid more than women in the workplace.

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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Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.