Deloitte has released its 2023 “Women @ Work: A Global Outlook” report and unfortunately, some companies are in crisis. Did you know that more women left their employer in the past 12 months than in 2020 and 2021 combined? Without commitment, a strategy designed to shift culture and courageous leadership – the challenges women face in the workplace will persist and so will the pipeline problem.
Here are 10 key statistics organizations should consider when designing solutions intended to develop, promote and retain women:
1. “The number of women who feel unable to switch off from work has increased, indicating an ever-growing “always on” culture.” This contributes to burnout but not only that, 43% of respondents feel judged by the hours they are present/online versus the quality of their work.
2. Although women aren’t getting what they want or need from employers, they are clear on what will make a difference in helping them thrive at work which is flexible scheduling. Unfortunately, 97% believe that requesting or taking advantage of flexible working arrangements would affect the likelihood of promotion.
3. When it comes to women’s health, many are suffering in silence. More than a third of women rate their mental health as poor and those who experience challenges related to their menstrual health often work through their symptoms.
4. Women are concerned about: financial security (58%), their health (physical and mental 56%) as well as job security (53%).
5. Women who identify as LGBT+ are considerably more likely to have experienced non-inclusive behaviors, with more than three-quarters reporting they experienced them in the last 12 months.
6. Women in ethnic minority groups are more likely to have experienced non-inclusive behavior with 53% saying they’ve experienced microaggressions and/or harassment. The most commonly reported microaggressions experienced by these women are: having someone take credit for their idea, being given fewer opportunities to speak up in meetings compared with male colleagues, and being interrupted and/or talked over in meetings.
7. 92% of respondents said the following statement is true for them: “My organization is NOT taking concrete steps to fulfill its commitment to gender diversity.”
8. 54% said: “My organization does NOT take a stance on political and social issues that are important to me.”
9. 48% indicated “My organization’s commitment to supporting women has NOT increased over the past year” while 37% stated their career is not progressing as fast as they’d like.
10. 33% shared “I would NOT recommend my organization to my friends and family as a great place to work.”
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