Men have been promoted 3x more during the pandemic

A shocking new study reveals the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted women in the workplace more negatively than men. With most businesses encouraging employees to work from home, this change in the environment has been mostly beneficial for male workers. 

A recent study by Qualtrics and theBoardlist surveyed more than 1,000 adult workers in the United States about the pandemic’s effect on their work performance and productivity.

The glaring results are clear: men who transitioned to a work at home assignment were much more likely than women to say the transition has positively affected their career.

The pandemic and unequal treatment for women

The pandemic and unequal treatment for women

With most children also learning from home, most women reported they were forced to take on most child supervision and education activities in conjunction with their regular work assignments. On the other hand, men were less likely to report they were responsible for their children while assigned to home.

This disturbing trend has many female workers worried about the progress they have made in their careers. In the years before the pandemic, an increased push for diversity in business leadership positions has made significant progress. However, since the pandemic has assigned workers to home, many women are unfairly forced to regress to “traditional gender roles.”

What the statistics say about gender discrepancies

By digging deeper into the study released by Qualtrics and theBoardlist, it becomes evident there is a gender gap in workplace realities. Men are generally more favorable of a work from home environment than women.

Additionally, working from home has placed uneven stress upon women, especially those with children. While dealing with the additional stressors of working in a home environment, it seems women are also being discriminated against when it comes to promotional opportunities. 

Working from home has positively affected my career

Men agree – 57%

Women agree – 27%

The pandemic has affected men and women equally in regards to furloughs and layoffs

Men agree – 69%

Women agree – 39%

With children at home, working from home has made me more productive

Men agree – 77%

Women agree – 40%

Working at home is less distracting than in the office

Men agree – 41%

Women agree – 19%

I received a promotion since I have been working from home

Men agree – 34%

Women agree – 9%

What this information tells us

The pandemic has shone a light on the continual inequalities women experience regarding workplace environments and promotional opportunities. Rather than looking at these numbers as information only, this should be a wake-up call to ensure you pay attention to what is occurring in your own company. 

Much progress has been made to close the gender gap over the years, and we should do everything in our power to avoid going backward. The pandemic will eventually subside, and we don’t want to come out of it with an archaic 1950’s gender role mindset. 

Moving forward with gender equality

If you are in a management position, it’s time to look at your organization to ensure you do not open yourself up for liability. If you see gender bias in the workplace, address it immediately, and correct the behavior.

If you are an employee and witness gender bias activity, consult your Human Resources Department or Equal Employer Divison to alert them of the potential conflict. Organizations open themselves up to civil liability and employee morale issues if these biases continue to persist. 

It’s up to us as employees and managers to provide safe workplaces focused on equal treatment for all. Don’t let COVID-19 set us back 70 years.