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Women less likely than men to be heard by managers

Women are more likely to be ignored by their managers in the workplace than men, according to a new report from professional services firm PWC.

It found just 39% of women feel that their manager listens to them, compared to 47% of men.

This is having a knock on effect on how women are then paid, the report said.

Just 26% of women felt they could ask for a promotion vs 34% of men, 31% could ask for a raise vs 38% of men and 38% thought they were being fairly rewarded financially vs 45% of men. 

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Jennifer Locklear, chief people officer at automation company ConnectWise, called for companies to make a conscious effort to change the statistics. 

Speaking to HR magazine, she said: “HR teams need to recognise these challenges and make conscious efforts to fight against the statistics, identifying the best practices for creating an inviting environment that supports and uplifts women.

"Rather than retreating into a narrative that prohibits women from advancing in their careers, encourage female employees to take on additional responsibilities and seek out opportunities to progress."

Locklear added that having a solid cohort of women on a team can help foster change.

"By having strong and outspoken women on your team, you will build secure communities and attract better recruits. When you bolster female voices, you provide additional opportunities for mobility growth to the current and future workforce.”

PwC's 2022 Global Workforce Hopes and Fears report investigated the ways in which workers feel they are being taken for granted, and potential reasons why employees may be at an elevated risk of quitting.

There was also a disparity between employees whose job required specialised training and those whose job didn't.

Job satisfaction was higher among workers with specialised skills (68% compared to 44%), 59% of specialised workers felt listened to by their managers as opposed to 28% for unspecialised workers, and 45% of specialised workers would recommend their employer as a place of work compared to 29% of unspecialised workers.

The report was based on a survey of 2,086 workers across the UK.