When companies around the country told employees back in March that they would be working remotely for the foreseeable future, many were overjoyed at the prospect of finally working from home. After the initial excitement about a more flexible schedule- and no commute- wore off, people across the country realized working remotely isn’t everything they thought it would be.
Remote work gave many professionals the opportunity to slow down and think about their life more: from their relationships to their occupations. With this time to think, many professionals, especially women professionals, have realized that they aren’t exactly where they want to be in terms of their careers.
A new survey of 2,000 professionals revealed that women are not happy with their employee experience and have been reconsidering whether their current company is right for them.
Women are more likely to change careers within the next year
In fact, women are almost twice as likely (46%) as men to report that they will leave their workplace within the next year, according to a new WerkLabs survey.
Women were also twice as likely to report that they will leave their current employer within the next five years.
Other research has shown that women are more likely to have dropped out of the workforce or reduce their hours due to parenting duties becoming too overwhelming during the coronavirus pandemic. A June surveyrevealed that 33% of couples with children have had one parent leave the workforce or reduce hours, with it being the woman to do so in 70% of those cases.
Women’s desire to leave their workplace may be explained by a number of factors.
First, the survey revealed that women report significantly more negative experiences with their employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Women that responded to the survey rated their overall experience 35% more negatively than men did. On average, women scored 15 points lower than men, meaning their overall work experience was more negative.
In fact, women scored lower than their male counterparts on every driver of employee experience. The most significant discrepancy between men and women is related to experiences with organizational leadership, salary, and benefits.
The biggest discrepancies between men and women was in the organizational leadership style category. Women scored 33% lower than men on their experiences with organizational leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Life as we know it had changed, yet my company is trying to act as though everything is status quo,” one female employee reported in the survey. “They’re pushing for greater outcomes because we are all ‘working from home’ with no consideration for what that means, not to mention the stress of this situation.”
Men and women don’t agree on what makes a good employee experience
The survey revealed that what matters most to women in terms of improving employee experience does not necessarily apply to men.
According to the survey, job clarity is significantly more important for female employees compared to male employees in regards to how female employees experience their workplaces.
When it comes to employee experience, flexibility is the only driver that scored as a top priority for both men and women.
Overall, women scored about 20% lower than men on socio-emotional wellbeing measures, like Social Connectedness. Many women reported feeling more isolated while working from home and not having any in-person contact.
The following issues received lowest scores by women but were rated to have high impact on employee experience, meaning they are great opportunities for companies to focus on in order to improve women’s work experience. The issues are:
- Organizational leadership
- Job clarity
- Holistic support
Jennifer Fabiano is an SEO reporter at Ladders.