Despite strides toward gender equality in the workplace, women still feel undervalued in the office, new research has found.
The study, conducted by staffing firm Randstand, found that salary concerns play a big role in why women feel this way. The researchers found that 57 percent of women think their salary is adequate for the position they hold, compared with 65 percent of men.
The salary prospects do not appear to be getting any better either, the research found. Less than half of the women surveyed expect a raise at the end of the year, whereas 54 percent of men said they expect a year-end raise. Women are also less likely to think they will grow their careers and get promoted at their current company.
Though female employees may not be as happy with their salaries as men are, companies do not need to break the bank in order to keep workers happy. In fact, there are several other small steps companies can take in order to improve the morale of female workers.
First and foremost, companies should work to improve their reputation: Nearly 90 percent of the women surveyed said it is important to work at a company with a good reputation with both its employees and in the community. Women are more likely than their male counterparts to feel that way about corporate reputation.
Additionally, women said relationships with colleagues and supervisors play an important role in how happy they are with their jobs. The researchers also found that women are more likely than men to enjoy flex time. Female respondents said not only did they utilize flex time, but that it improves company morale and productivity.
The research was based on the responses of nearly 3,300 full-time workers in the United States.