Women promoted to higher roles are 'less satisfied' as a result

Women promoted to higher roles are 'less satisfied' as a result

Women promoted to managerial roles are less satisfied with their jobs as a result, new research suggests.

According to a long-term study conducted on 13,000 UK employees, researchers from Middlesex University found that women were less satisfied with their jobs after they had accepted a higher management post, even in workplaces that offered greater flexibility, better pay and promotion opportunities.

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Comments (3)

  • Teresa Cheung
    Teresa Cheung
    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 6:54pm BST
    Interesting and agree that it's perceived also by women themselves.
  • Bea Bailey
    Bea Bailey
    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 8:57am BST
    In the words of the Harry Enfield sketch "Women, know your limits...." LOL!
  • Greg Turner
    Greg Turner
    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 1:17pm BST
    It might also be due to small but important differences in gender personality traits and how these affect career aspirations and experiences. If you score high on agreeableness and neuroticism (as the data suggests women do) then operating at a more senior level (where it is impossible to please everyone and where the pressures of work will weigh more heavily on you), then that might well lead to a more negative experience.

    Personally I think we should be more worried about the men who feel more satisfied by career advancement that the women who don't. After all we're talking about people who actively enjoy working 60-70 hours a week at the expense of family time, having power and weilding it over other people, making decisions that can have a far reaching and often negative effect on other people, not caring about being popular or well liked etc.

    I don't know about you but I like to know why anyone would choose that path over a more balanced and rounded life experience where you actually get to be a good parent, a caring and supportive spouse, an integrated member of your community.


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