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40% of Women Missed a Promotion Due to Gender

Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 8:00:00 am

A new Korn Ferry survey shows 40% of women professionals said they’ve missed a promotion or an opportunity simply because they’re female. From career advancement to pay discrepancies to re-entering the workforce, female professionals nationwide shared insights on the challenges they face in today’s workplace.

The survey shows the career challenges many women in the workplace endure:

• 42% state the pay gap is the most important issue
• 25% said the glass ceiling is the most important issue
• 45% said they have been sexually or verbally harassed at work

Advice for Other Women

When asked what the most important advice other female professionals have given to help others succeed in the workplace:

• 44% said to develop a strong network
• 32% said to have confidence
• 18% said to showcase accomplishments to key leaders

“The survey underscores the continued need for action around the important issues and challenges facing women in the workplace,” said Jane Stevenson, a global leader for CEO succession and vice chairman of Korn Ferry. “My best advice for women in the workplace is to be confident and passionate. If you want the job, be the job before you even receive the promotion.”

Source: Korn Ferry

CEA Note: When was the last time you conducted a compensation study in your workforce? If it’s been longer than a year, it’s time to put this on your immediate to-do list. CEA can help!


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