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Workplace Culture: Women Trump Men in Long Hours, Compensation Satisfaction and Honesty

March 27, 2012
Women work longer days and report working more often on vacation than their male counterparts. And women also report greater perceived satisfaction with their compensation, according to new data released today in theFIT's first Report on Workplace Culture.

“Job description and company Web sites only touch the very edge of the surface of a company's true culture. theFIT is designed to eliminate the mystery by revealing workplace cultural traits you could never discover unless you worked for the company,” said Art Papas, CEO of Bullhorn Inc., which developed theFIT. “Gender differences are just one of many cultural aspects we’ll be reporting on in an effort to break through the artificial walls of workplace culture.”

Key findings of the study, which included responses from more than 5,000 employees, include:

  • Women work more; 54 percent of women report working 9 or more hours a day, compared to 41 percent of men
  • Although the majority of respondents (91 percent) confine their working hours to 5 days each week, almost half (47 percent) claim to work more than 8 hours each day.
  • On vacation, most workers (65 percent) do some amount of work.
  • However, women (67 percent) are slightly more willing to work on their vacations than men (60 percent).
  • A very strong majority (84 percent) of all employees report that they were “actually sick or caring for a sick child” the last time they called in sick.

The Report on Workplace Culture is a survey of full-time working professionals (age 18+) in major U.S. metropolitan areas. The survey was conducted Dec. 15-18, 2011, and included questions about workplace satisfaction, workplace culture and workplace fit. Respondents for the survey were screened by city, age and current employment status, with 5,250 respondents completing the survey.

About the Author

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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