Employee Support Is Strong for Closing the Gender Pay Gap
If companies wonder how workers feel about compensation adjustments that level out pay between men and women, a new Glassdoor study finds that 93% of American employees surveyed are in favor of seeing the wage gap between men and women closed. Worldwide, the number’s 89%.
Workers often don’t think their own companies are the problem. 7 in 10 people on average worldwide believed their own company paid equally, though women were less likely to make that assumption. In the U.S. there’s slightly less confidence in one’s own company, with 70% overall choosing to believe the best — 77% of the men and 70% of the women. A third of U.S. women surveyed believed their employers were part of the problem, nearly twice the number of men who thought so.
Around the world, women are concerned about whether or not they were being payed equally. In the U.S., about two thirds think they’re being fairly compensated, while a third feel they deserve to be paid more. (5% of women don’t think women deserve equal pay.)
Though the percentages shift slightly a bit across the countries in the survey — United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland — the story’s the same everywhere: More men feel they’re being paid fairly and don’t think their company has a pay gender gap; more women feel they’re not being properly compensated and that a gender gap does exist at their company.
The survey points to some things companies offering equal pay should do. Glassdoor suggests they promote their equal-pay practices since, for example, 67% of U.S. workers surveyed wouldn’t even apply for work at companies with a gender gap in pay. Worldwide, 81% of women wouldn’t apply. For companies that do still have a gender gap, that leaves a vanishingly small talent pool to draw from. (63% of workers older than 55 may apply to such a company, but 81% of people from 18 to 24 won’t.)
Employees are eager to see companies step up, with 45% of U.S. workers ready for new policies that close the pay gap, and two thirds looking for more transparency in how compensation is calculated anyway. About 20% think female employees should request raises more frequently to help close the gender gap in pay. And 39% approve of the government stepping in to force companies to pay men and women equally.