According to a new study, women work longer days and report working more often on vacation than their male colleagues but they are also happier with work? And it’s not because of a great vending machine selection or nice views. It is because they are much more satisfied with their compensation than their male counterparts. And yes, the wage gap still exists.
The data, released today in theFIT’s first Report on Workplace Culture, found that 54% of women report working nine or more hours a day, compared to 41% of men. The report includes survey data from over 5,000 U.S. employees. Women (11%) also work longer weeks of six to seven days compared to men (8%.) Women are also more likely to work more on vacation with more than half of them (68%) checking phone calls and email compared to men at 62%.
But we are more appreciative of our salaries and bonuses and this makes us happier in our jobs. Maybe it is because we are just more imaginative or possibly just more efficient. Forty percent of women said they could spend a week on the beach or take a tour of the world during a one week vacation versus 30% of men. On compensation and salaries, women fared better than men again in terms of perception; 26% of men said their friends would feel bad for them if they knew how much they made, compared with 17% of women.
So here we are making less money than men but they are still more unhappy than us? Well, though women get a lot of pressure from society about their careers we forget that men do to. Men are still expected to be the breadwinners in many circles. And just like women can be very hard on their female peers (of course we aren’t the ones who worry that our friends will feel sorry for us because of our salaries,) I imagine men feel the pressure of competition as well.
The news that women feel happier at work isn’t very new though. CareerBliss looked at 200,000 company reviews and found that women are happier at work than men. The data revealed not only did women rank higher in career happiness than men overall, but on each of the eight factors that impact job satisfaction. In addition to their overall career happiness score, CareerBliss also broke out men and women’s happiness scores by city and evaluated if compensation played a factor in overall job satisfaction. But that study found that money does not necessarily have an effect on career happiness.