The average woman gets mansplained to six times a week at work — that’s 312 times a year, according to new research.
And three in five women think men don’t even realize they’re explaining information women already knew.
A new study of 2,000 employed women examined the modern workforce and the uphill battles women in the workplace frequently face.
Two in five women have been told by male colleagues they “come on too strong” — but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Self, found three in four women think they’re underpaid and should be making more in their current position.
Respondents feel they’re being short-changed by quite a large sum. The average woman polled thinks she should be making $11,631.35 more annually.
That money could be going toward other colleagues, as over half know male co-workers of the same rank and title that are making more than them.
Results also revealed the average woman suspects her male counterparts are making $8,964.06 more on an annual basis.
Sixty-five percent don’t think their company provides the same opportunities for women as their male co-workers.
A third of working women (32 percent) say their current company has no female supervisors, so it’s no wonder that 62 percent also don’t expect to stay with their employer due to lack of growth opportunities.
But that’s not the only reason women are looking to move on from their current position. Respondents revealed the top elements that would prompt them to begin the job search.
With the rise of the #MeToo movement, women refuse to put up with any sort of harassment as it came out at the top of the list of reasons they would leave their job.
A lack of work flexibility came in second place, while unequal pay, lack of consistent enforcement of company policies and lack of company transparency rounded out the top five.
If companies hope to keep their female employees for the long haul, there is a list of things that need to change.
Forty-five percent desire equal pay while 44 percent say their ideal workplace has flexibility for working parents.
Time-off for a newborn is exhausting and exciting, but many parents feel like they don’t get enough of it. Forty-two percent want to see generous maternity leave followed by generous paternity leave with 39 percent.
Seven in 10 women also think paternity leave should be just as long as maternity leave.
“To thrive at work, women want fundamental things like safety and the support needed to get their jobs done,” said a spokesperson for Self. “Equal pay and benefits like childcare and flexibility for working parents (not just moms) shouldn’t be considered radical requests.”
“Ultimately, empowering women in the workplace can be good for both women and their employers, it doesn’t have to be an either-or situation.”
Even once new mothers return to work, many face an environment that’s not conducive to their needs.
Forty-two percent wish their workplace or building had childcare to help make parenting easier.
Two in five think employers should provide a stipend for childcare while 45 percent think a more flexible work-from-home policy to watch kids at home is needed.
“At a certain point, there’s only so much more women can do on their own to improve their financial futures,” added the spokesperson for Self. “Sure, we can save money and pay down debt, but it would be easier to do those things if women consistently received the same resources and opportunities as men.”
Top prompts to search for new job
- Harassment: 40 percent
- Lack of work flexibility: 38 percent
- Unequal pay: 36 percent
- Lack of consistency in the enforcement of company policies: 35 percent
- Lack of company transparency: 34 percent
- Sexism: 33 percent
- Office politics: 31 percent
- Lack of growth: 30 percent
- Office cliques: 23 percent
Things to fix in the workforce
- Equal pay: 45 percent
- Flexibility for parents: 44 percent
- Generous maternity leave: 42 percent
- More women in leadership roles: 41 percent
- Generous paternity leave: 39 percent
- More company transparency: 27 percent
Employer improvement wish list
- Flexible work from home policy: 45 percent
- Paid maternity leave: 44 percent
- In-office/building childcare: 42 percent
- Stipend for childcare: 41 percent
- Longer maternity leave: 39 percent
- Paternity leave: 20 percent
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