Are you happy at work? Are you being paid enough? How’s your work-life balance? We asked these questions and more in our new survey about women and careers. iVillage surveyed 1,500 women and found that that the majority are not as active as they could be in their own promotion and career advancement. When it comes to asking for more -- money, promotions and training -- most women just aren’t doing it. Here’s a look at what we learned.
Women Aren’t Asking For More
Among the women surveyed who said they are unhappy at work, 63% said the #1 reason is that they feel underpaid. Raises and promotions aren’t the only things women aren’t asking for.
Women Aren’t Taking Initiative at Work
More evidence that women aren’t as assertive as they should be: only 7% said they have reached the highest level in their career. And 17% said they don’t feel they are good at selling themselves on the job. Networking is half the battle when it comes to career advancement yet only 5% of women surveyed have asked for a mentor.
Only 22% of women are happy with their jobs because of opportunities for advancement. This becomes a much bigger reason for dissatisfaction among women who are unhappy at work. 55% of women cited a lack of opportunity for growth and advancement as a reason for their unhappiness. This was second only to pay.
Women Want Work Life Balance
When asked about other characteristics that represent career success, an overwhelming 91% of women surveyed defined it as having job security and a job they’re happy to go to everyday. 89% defined it as having pride in their work.
Women Want to Be Their Own Bosses
Nearly a quarter of women surveyed have either had or currently have a direct selling business. Though just 8% currently have a direct selling business, 40% would consider trying it.
More interesting nuggets from our survey:
--More women agreed that receiving yearly pay raises (74%) was more important than frequent opportunities for career advancement (61%).
--71% of working women would prefer a 5% raise over 2 more weeks of vacation.
--Nearly one-third of American women online today are currently looking for a new job (31%) and another 30% are likely to begin a new job search within the next 12 months.
--What makes women happy at work
- 69% like what they do
- 51% location/easy commute
- 48% flexible work hours
- 47% like their colleagues
- 38% like my boss
- 36% pays well
- 34% benefits
- 28% stress free & easy
- 22% opportunity for advancement
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