Challenges-women-face-in-the-workplace

What part of ”No” you don’t understand

We live in a society where women are neglected and looked down upon for no valid reason which present serious challenges in the workplace.

We live in a society where women are neglected and looked down upon for no valid reason. Regardless of their academic qualification, people think that they don’t deserve to get good jobs, promotions, better salaries, and advancement in career opportunities. Men believe that they should be in the kitchen and not chairing a board meeting. This has subjected them to all sorts of challenges in their organizations.

Sexual harassment 

Sexual harassment at work is one of the major challenges in the development of career women. People in senior positions make it difficult for women to report such cases, despite them being against the law. As a result, women end up being depressed, having low self-esteem, sleeping disorders, and sexual dysfunction. Such actions cost the employer in several ways including increased absenteeism, low productivity, and some employees may end up quitting the job. 

Gender pay gap

The gender pay gap refers to the measure of the amount of money that employers pay men and women. According to a recent study, women earn 34% less than their counterparts doing the same job with similar qualifications and years of experience. The entry-level position of women pays very low rates and the wage gap continues to increase as they climb up the ladder. Their efforts to negotiate for better pay have borne no fruits over the years. This affects women negatively especially in families where they are the sole breadwinners. 

Representation of women

Women are underrepresented at the different levels of their careers. If they are in leadership positions, people don’t value their opinions due to gender stereotypes. About 60% of female employees face discrimination and other challenges in their workplaces. More than one-third of these women are denied leadership positions. Organizations need to ensure gender equity. Research has proven that women make better leaders compared to men. When women lead they ensure increased productivity, increased organizational collaboration, better problem-solving, have good mentorship skills, and improved employee engagement. 

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination

Employers can discriminate against female employees for being expectant or having kids with special conditions thus demanding more attention from parents. Examples of pregnancy discrimination include failing to hire someone because of their status, firing or demoting someone, verbal harassment, not being willing to offer reasonable accommodations, or not being ready to give you a private room to pump breast milk. Some employers believe that expectant moms can’t deliver on their assigned tasks. As a result, many young moms end up losing their jobs which is a significant challenge. 

Imposter syndrome 

Some women don’t appreciate their achievements and neither do they believe in their abilities. This creates self-doubt resulting in low self-esteem, low moods, lack of concentration, and eventually poor perforation at their workplaces. Women should have a good support system and surround themselves with people who encourage and motivate them. Today, women only apply for jobs that they meet 100% of the qualifications as opposed to men who apply when they meet half of the qualifications.