The higher we go, the more disengaged we become: companies are failing senior-level women, study shows


Women in leadership positions at many of the world’s top companies feel less engaged with the workplace than do their male counterparts, according to a recent study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). More than 345,000 female and male employees at 36 private companies around the world were surveyed for The Rewards of an Engaged Female Workforce. Considering a variety of factors that contribute to engagement levels — appreciation, mentorship, work-life balance, compensation, promotion opportunities, cooperation with colleagues… – BCG researchers found that nearly three-quarters (69%) of the companies surveyed generate lower levels of employee engagement among senior women than among their male counterparts. For the 25 companies in the bottom three quartiles of overall engagement scores, women's scores increased by a mere 4% from non-manager levels to senior manager levels, whereas men's scores increased by a full 12%.


Engagement – for both women and men at all levels of our economies and societies – is the subject of the next Women’s Forum Global Meeting, taking place 5-6 October 2017 in Paris. Under the theme Engage for impact!, sessions and workshops will focus on engagement as a necessity, a challenge, and an area for research for the decision-makers and influencers who will attend. Our premise is that women’s experience, expertise, and vision are essential for achieving viable political, social and economic advances.


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