It’s Wednesday, and it’s been a hellish week already. You’re sitting at a swank bar in town (read: cheesy chain establishment that’s conveniently located across the street from your office) with the usual happy hour crew, and the waitress is giving you looks while desperately trying to swipe your second – or is it your fifth? – vodka tonic from your hands. But what you lack in size you make up for in strength, and you win the Absolut battle. She glares and shuffles off.
After the usual diatribes from Bob and Katie about everything from the boss’s poor tie choices to proper water cooler etiquette to the last-minute project no one was given advance notice of, Judy takes a sip of her beer and leans in. She then utters two words that make the entire table of co-workers shudder.
We’re gonna promote like it’s 1999.
What’s that you say? Glass ceilings in the workplace are soooo ten years ago? Not so, according to over a third of female workers recently surveyed in CareerBuilder’s “Workplace Equality” survey (read the full press release here).
Survey questions were posed to 7,960 full-time U.S. employees (4,328 male workers and 3,632 female workers), and 34 percent of female workers surveyed say they are paid less than their male counterparts with the same skills and qualifications.
In comparing salaries, 40 percent of men reported making $50,000 or more, compared to only 21 percent – roughly half the amount – of women.
It’s not just about the money.
*More than a quarter of female workers (26 percent) report having fewer career advancement opportunities than their male counterparts
*Eighteen percent say they don’t get the same level of training and learning opportunities
*Seventeen percent say they don’t have the same amount of workplace flexibility
“The number of women reporting that they receive less pay than their male counterparts has changed little over the last two years,” says Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.com. “While companies have taken great strides to address equality in the workplace, there is still a lot of work ahead.”
But before you hit the ceiling, ladies…
It may come as a surprise to learn that it’s not all women complaining about equal opportunities in the workplace. Eleven percent of men surveyed say they feel they are paid less than their female counterparts. Industry-wise, 21 percent of men in hospitality and 16 percent of men in banking or financial services say they are paid less than their female counterparts with similar qualifications.
Do our perceptions match our reality?
When asked what they attribute workplace inequalities to, 32 percent of female workers said that men are still perceived as needing to have more money in order to be the breadwinner and support the family, and 23 percent said that men are more aggressive in their compensation negotiations, leading to higher pay.
Almost half (48 percent) of female workers say that management tends to show favoritism toward members of the opposite sex. Which brings up an interesting point: If women are reporting management favoring the opposite sex as a reason why they are receiving less pay and fewer opportunities, aren’t we assuming that the manager in question is, well, a woman? Overseeing the duties of a man?
Are we missing the bigger picture here, or are in fact women still experiencing the glass ceiling effect? On the flip side, are any male workers out there feeling shorted in terms of pay or opportunity?
Workplace experiences on either side?Related
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