Now in its second year, Women @ Work 2022: A Global Outlook aims to better understand how women’s experiences in the workplace impact their engagement and career progression. The survey provides a unique glimpse into the lives of women in the workplace, showing a worrying longer-term impact with respondents reporting widespread burn out.
The past year has spurred a period of change for many companies and employees—one that has brought both opportunities and challenges. Many employers have worked hard to take what they learnt during the first year of the pandemic and combine it with more traditional ways of working (including implementing hybrid work models).
However, the responses of 5,000 women in the workplace across 10 countries make clear that the pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on women: burnout, for one, has reached alarmingly high levels. At the same time, many women have made career and life decisions driven by their experiences during the pandemic—for some this has meant seeking new, more flexible working patterns; for others it has meant leaving their employer or the workforce entirely.
Women are more likely to be looking for a new role than they were a year ago and burnout is the top driving factor: nearly 40% of women actively looking for a new employer cited it as the main reason. Over half of women want to leave their employer in the next two years and, only 10% plan to stay with their current employer for more than five years.
While the hybrid way of working presents opportunities—including, if done right, enabling many to maintain the flexibility that remote working can afford—it also creates a risk of exclusion for those not physically present.
The majority of women (59%) have experienced harassment and/or microaggressions over the past year at work, a number that has increased since our 2021 report (52%).
Women who work for these companies report far higher levels of engagement, trust and career satisfaction, as well as more positive experiences with hybrid working and lower levels of burnout. They also plan to stay with their employers longer.