Survey: Women More Likely to Feel Undervalued at Work

Atlanta — Sept. 17

Just as data continues to suggest that women earn less on average than men for equal work, a survey by Randstad US shows that only 57 percent of women felt that their salary was adequate for their level of responsibility compared to 65 percent of men.

The second quarter 2013 engagement study by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Randstad examined the ethos of both men and women on a range of employee issues, including perceived value.

In addition to being more likely to feel undercompensated, more women than men felt that their current employer does not offer promotions or bonuses to high-performing employees as a means of promoting employee engagement, and only 49 percent of women compared to 54 percent of men thought they were likely to get a raise at the end of the year.

Adequate compensation may contribute to men feeling more optimistic advancing within their organization, reflected by the fact that 31 percent of men surveyed think they will get promoted by the end of the year, compared to only 24 percent of women.

Additionally, 64 percent of men surveyed expect to grow their careers with their current employers compared with 59 percent of women.

Nearly 9 in 10 women agree that relationships with colleagues (88 percent) and direct supervisors (86 percent) have a big impact on how happy they are with their jobs. While both men and women enjoy flex time, 93 percent of women whose employers offer a reduced schedule or flex time during the summer months say that this improves company morale, and 81 percent agree they feel productivity increases because of it.

Source: Randstad