On defining progress and achieving goals:
- The number of women who feel that they have achieved their professional goals continues to rise. 37% of women responded that they have achieved their professional goals (vs. 31% in 2013).
- Of those who asked for a pay increase in the past year, the number of women receiving raises is increasing. According to the survey, while the percentage of women who have asked for a raise in the past year has stayed relatively steady year over year (27% 2014 vs. 26% in 2013), 84% of women who asked for a raise last year received one (compared to 75% in 2013).
- Professionals define their individual career progress in a wide variety of ways. When asked about the most significant indicator of their own professional progress, there were varying definitions of success.
- 21% defined progress as “finding a job that allows them to pursue their passion”
- 19% defined progress as “a more flexible work environment”
- 17% defined progress as a salary increase
- 17% defined progress as a promotion to an executive leadership position
- Men and women did not agree on the definition of progress for women in the workplace. When asked to define what the most significant indicator of progress for women in the workplace would be, one-third of women felt that the elimination of the gender wage gap would be the biggest win. Men, however, were more likely to think that the “end of the need for the ‘women in the workplace’ conversation” would represent real progress for women – and 31% of women agreed.
- The number of women who reported that they were very concerned with work-life balance has decreased significantly. 39% of women are concerned with finding the right balance between work and family life, vs. 53% in 2012.
- Financial issues are also less of a concern for women compared with previous years. Compared to 2013, the number of women who said they were concerned with paying off student loans has dropped from 46% to 35%; with paying off credit card debt from 35% to 30%; with getting a raise from 29% to 20% and with saving for retirement from 56% to 46%.
- The percentage of female breadwinners who feel that they’re under pressure as the primary earner has also decreased significantly. 24% feel under pressure, vs. 33% in 2013. However, according to the survey, both male and female Generation X breadwinners continue to experience more stress than any other generation.
- The number of women who equate “having it all” with “reaching the height of success in their field” continues to decline. Results show that 12% believe this vs. 17% in 2012, while the number of women who equate success with “having a job that I enjoy and my work is valued” has risen (73% in 2014 vs. 64% in 2012).
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