Data Trends On Making Hybrid Work For Women
We know this intuitively, and the data confirms it, that the pandemic took a bigger toll on working women than it did on men, and even more so for women at the intersections of certain life-stages or parental status or vulnerable sectors and so on. A recent Gartner survey reveals 64% of managers believe that office workers are higher performers than remote workers and are likely to give in-office workers a higher raise than those who work from home. Along similar lines, according toHarvard Business Review work-from-home employees had a 50% lower rate of promotion compared to their colleagues working in the office. Add to this – CHROs reporting that among their workforce, men are more likely to decide to return to their physical workplace than women, and Harvard Business Review indicating that working women with children are 50% more likely to prefer working from home than men – there is a clear concern that starts to emerge.There is no looking the other way when this inequity in the form of a widening gender parity gap is staring us in the face. Pay and growth being a culmination of other parity issues, it is likely that the pay gap continues to widen as a result of hybrid working. The Catalyst data for India suggests that women earn, on average, 65.5% of what their male colleagues earn for performing the same work. To imagine that this could worsen!