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Just 39% of women feel their bosses always have their back, compared to 50% of men

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A recent survey commissioned by RingCentral has revealed that two in five (39%) of women feel their boss always has their back, compared to 50% of men who feel so.

Based in the US and conducted by CITE Research, the survey involved 1,000 knowledge workers queried on some of the issues facing women at the workplace, detailed below:

47% of women consider their boss a friend

In line with the numbers above, it was found that women are more likely to maintain a professional distance from everyone else at the workplace. In fact, 47%, or less than half, of women see a friendship with their boss. On the other hand, 56% of men consider their boss a friend.

At the same time, 21% of women consider the top management (CEO or president) a friend, while 28% of men feel so.

According to the analysis provided, these statistics reflected that women feel they receive less support from their direct supervisors as compared to their men counterparts. Further, women also face more difficulty building personal relationships with their organisation’s leaders.

30% are uncomfortable disagreeing with their boss in private

The survey also found a gap between women and men’s comfort levels in terms of challenging their boss, both in person or virtually.

This was seen where women (30%) were almost twice as uncomfortable as men (17%) about disagreeing with their boss in private.

When it came to a more public disagreement in front of colleagues, nearly two in three women were uncomfortable in doing so, while it was so for 45% of men.

54% are not comfortable discussing salary and benefits

In broaching “taboo” topics – defined in the survey as risky ideas, salary and benefits, as well as finances, women were also found to be less comfortable than men in doing so.

For instance, 54% were uncomfortable discussing salary and benefits matters, as opposed to 47% of men; 60% felt that way about discussing finance, while 52% of men felt so. Lastly, 29% were uncomfortable proposing a risky idea but 16% of men felt that way.

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