Gender equality, fair compensation and motivation in the workplace are key concerns for employees according to a new global survey released by Globoforce's WorkHuman Analytics & Research Institute.
The report, "Social Impact in the Human Workplace," surveyed more than 3,600 people in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland.
The study examines how movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp along with record low unemployment are causing a power shift in the workplace.
The survey's findings reveal that employees are now asking for more out of their employers, especially with regard to pay equity. Men are more likely to agree that they are paid fairly (70%), compared to women (61%), and more women than men reported not receiving any monetary bonuses. The study finds that ass the old command-and-control management style continues to crumble, companies are challenged to match how work gets done today.
"The forces shaping our societal landscape - calls for fairness, equity, transparency, and trust - are driving an awakening in the workplace," said Derek Irvine, Globoforce senior vice president of client strategy and consulting. "It is simply unacceptable to treat men and women differently at work. This year's employee survey tells the story of a workforce ready to make an impact - but unwilling to stick around if inequity and bureaucratic processes get in the way. Organisations that provide a positive culture for their people will see renewed commitment, engagement, and strengthened relationships that fuel the backbone of their business and their bottom line," he said.
The study found that gender pay discrimination is still prevalent in a post #MeToo movement, but Ireland compares favourably when it comes to bonus payments.
It found that the majority of employees feel they can share unpopular views at work, with women less likely to speak up.
It also found that Millennial workers work harder for rewards when it’s as a result of peer recognition.