Lean In Workplace Study Shows Women are Falling Behind


Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg's nonprofit dedicated to helping women achieve their ambitions, recently completed their annual Women in the Workplace study for 2016. The study examines the state of women in corporate America. Despite the progress made towards gender equality, the results indicate we still have far to go.

Partnering with McKinsey and Company, the study collected pipeline data and HR surveys from 132 companies employing more than four million people. Additionally, 34,000 employees were surveyed to capture real feedback regarding gender, job satisfaction, ambition, and work-life issues. Here are some of the findings:

    • Women are negotiating as often as men, but receive more pushback: 30 percent received feedback that they were "bossy," "too aggressive," or "intimidating" when negotiating a promotion or raise
    • Women have less access to senior leaders than men do, which they both agree is crucial for success
    • Women ask for feedback as often as men, yet report receiving it less frequently
    • Women are less interested in becoming top-level executives, 40 percent compared to 56 percent of men: women are more likely to say they don't want the pressure and those that do anticipate a steeper climb to the top

In today's corporate world, we continue to see fewer women than men holding top-level positions. Women of color are especially underrepresented. The report encourages companies to approach gender diversity as the business objective it is and concludes with an implementation roadmap to help them do so. LEARN MORE