Our previous research reveals that trust and friendships matter to women in the workplace (56% are more motivated by feeling trusted versus 43% of men). It’s concerning that women feel less supported by their direct supervisors and find it more difficult to build personal bonds with leaders in their organization.
Whether in person or on digital channels, men and women have distinctly different comfort levels when challenging their bosses and exert more caution in certain situations. In fact, women are nearly twice (30%) as uncomfortable as men (17%) when disagreeing with their boss one on one. And in a group setting, 62% are uncomfortable disagreeing with their boss in front of colleagues, whereas just 45% men feel the same.
In other tricky situations, like proposing risky ideas and discussing taboo topics at work, women are less comfortable than men. A significant 29% of women didn’t feel comfortable proposing a risky idea, while just 16% of men had the same discomfort. The gap is smaller when it comes to those difficult finance (60% versus 52%) and salary (54% versus 47%) discussions, but evident all the same.
Another key finding was that the majority of workers rank in-person conversations and communication apps as their number one way to build bonds with coworkers. This shows that communication apps with team messaging capabilities, such as Glip, can help bridge the gap for women in the workplace and boost their sense of connection.
In fact, across the board, workers who use team messaging–centric communication apps are more likely to feel connected to their coworkers and more motivated at work than those without it.
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