The research reveals that 53 percent of women say their stress levels are higher than they were a year ago, and almost half feel burned out. This burnout is a top factor driving women away from their employers: nearly 40 percent of women actively looking for a new employer cited it as the main reason. More than half of those surveyed want to leave their employer in the next two years, and only 10 percent plan to stay with their current employer for more than five years.
Representing the views of 5,000 women across ten countries, the research shows worrying long-term impacts as rates of stress and experiences of harassment or microaggressions remain high. The survey also illuminates troubling findings about the “new normal” of work, as almost 60 percent of women working in hybrid models (arrangements that include any combination of remote and in-office work) report they have already felt excluded.
While many organizations over the past year have pivoted workplace strategies to incorporate flexible and hybrid work models, many women report they have yet to feel the benefits of these new ways of working. Only 33 percent of women say their employers offer flexible-working policies, and when asked about policies their organization had introduced during the pandemic, only 22 percent cited flexibility around where and when they work. Moreover, 94 percent of respondents believe that requesting flexible working will affect their likelihood of promotion.
Beyond flexibility, the implementation of hybrid work has presented additional challenges. Almost 60 percent of women who work in hybrid environments feel they have been excluded from important meetings, and 45 percent say they do not have enough exposure to leaders, a critical component of sponsorship and career progression. Worryingly, hybrid work appears to not be delivering the predictability that women with caregiving responsibilities may need, with only 26 percent saying their employer has set clear expectations when it comes to how and where they are expected to work.
This year’s survey also found that women who work in a hybrid environment are significantly more likely to report experiencing microaggressions than those who work exclusively on-site or exclusively remote. More broadly, the percentage of women that have experienced non-inclusive behaviors over the past year at work has increased, up from 52 percent in 2021 to 59 percent in 2022. Exactly half of women say they have experienced microaggressions, while 14 percent have experienced harassment. When it comes to reporting these non-inclusive behaviors, there continues to be fear of career reprisals as 93 percent believe reporting non-inclusive behaviors will negatively impact their careers. Only 23 percent of microaggressions were reported to employers, compared to 66 percent of harassment behaviors that were reported.