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Women feel less valued at work, new research reveals

Monday, March 11, 2013  
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Women are feeling less valued and are fielding fewer opportunities than men at work, according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence.

Women continue to view the workplace as a less-than-level playing field, according to the 2013 Work and Well-Being Survey of 1,501 adults. Forty-three percent of employed women and 48 percent of employed men say they receive adequate compensation, including competitive pay, merit raises and bonuses.

Similarly, less than half of women (48 percent) feel valued at work, compared to 54 percent of men. While 44 percent of women are satisfied with employee recognition practices, half of the men surveyed are satisfied. Women also report fewer opportunities for upward mobility than men, with only 35 percent of women indicating that their employers provide sufficient opportunities for career advancement, compared to 43 percent of men. Despite women reporting an overall sense of mental well-being -- 86 percent cite good psychological health -- 37 percent feel tense or stressed out at work, versus one-third of men.

While approximately half of both women and men say their employers value work-life balance, women are less likely to tap into employee benefits and flex programs. Only 37 percent of women report regularly using employee benefits that would help them meet demands outside of the workplace, compared to 46 percent of men. Similarly, 42 percent of men regularly avail themselves of flexible work arrangements, whereas only 38 percent of women do the same.

"When employers acknowledge that employees have responsibilities and lives outside of work, they can take steps to promote a good work-life fit and help individuals better manage these multiple demands,” said David W. Ballard, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. "Forward-thinking organizations are reevaluating work practices, providing employees with resources that support well-being and performance and applying new technologies that help shift work from somewhere we go from 9-to-5 to something we do that is meaningful and creates value.”

2013 Work and Well-Being Survey

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