Women of were equally likely to have advocated for a raise and/or promotion, while younger men were markedly more likely to have asked to advance than their female counterparts. While a study found 75% of Gen Z members believe they should be promoted in their first year on the job, with similar results among Millennials, sinking in with young women. This could be due to lingering feelings of uncertainty or instability: 30% of women feel their ideas aren’t valued in the workplace, while nearly 1 in 3 think they’ve been passed over for a promotion because of their gender.
Life is a Hy-Way
A relatively recent development that elicited more positive responses from female professionals is the popularity of hybrid work. While the schedule has pros and cons, women seem to be faring better overall. 45% of women doing hybrid work said the schedule has made it easier to balance work and home life, while 39% of their male counterparts think it makes it harder.
This likely comes down to expectations. A Pew Research study found that most people think men are under more pressure than women to provide financially for their families (76% vs 40%) while women are seen as facing pressure to be an involved parent (77% vs 49%). No matter whether you’re childfree or at the helm of a large family, whether you reject or embrace gender roles, these expectations can be daunting – and might help explain why more women are taking hybrid work in stride.
Numerous studies suggest a gender gap in household chores (an expectation that plagues even same-sex couples) persisted right up to the advent of the pandemic. While Office Pulse found both sexes claimed to take on daily child care in roughly equal measure, women were significantly more likely to prepare meals on a daily basis than men (73% vs 52%), and more women were tasked with caring for family members other than children (23%, vs. 13% for men). Women’s affinity for hybrid work could be the result of easier integration of their paid work with the tasks that they always felt were on their plate.
Hybrid isn’t all sunshine and roses, however – 33% of women working both from home and in-office have seen themselves working more hours in the past year, and 31% said it has hampered their ability to form relationships with co-workers.
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