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Women’s career development is as big a problem as the gender pay gap

It’s not the pay differential that really gets under the skin of female employees, it’s the persistent feeling that men are valued more, and women are being denied the chance to progress, writes head of The Happiness Index Tony Latter. Providing more and better opportunities for women is the way forward, he argues.

Female employees’ unhappiness about their lack of career opportunities is an issue as significant as the gender pay gap and employers should be addressing it. From a recent survey undertaken by The Happiness Indexinto workplace happiness it was clear that regardless of sector and company size, women did not feel as valued as their male colleagues.

When we discuss females feeling less valued, we aren’t solely talking about pay. It’s part of a wider picture of women feeling unhappier than men at work. This suggests the concerns of female workers are not being addressed, in much the same way as pay levels have been overlooked for too long.

Our study into workplace happiness used a platform called the Happiness Indicator which uses 10 key factors influencing happiness at work. This has allowed us to develop a global study into the views of employees and business leaders.

From the study it was clear the thoughts of female employees on “Career development opportunities” revealed a serious issue. Women across all levels of seniority rated their career development opportunities as 5.8 out of 10. This highlights a clear sense of unhappiness which needs to be addressed.

Our most recent study into employee loyalty and brand advocacy, using an internal version of Net Promotor Score (eNPS), correlated with our findings from the workplace happiness study.
Our eNPS research discovered what factors affected the loyalty and likelihood that workers would promote the business they worked for.

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