Gender equality has been one of the most prominent topics for discussion in 2018, and the pay gap in multiple countries still remains wide and no doubt one of the most discussed points. The company originally decided to conduct the survey to better understand distinct work patterns between men and women, and why the pay and leadership gap continues to persist. According to research, we have a long way to go — estimates on the subject have put us over 150 years away from gender parity as women continue to pay pink taxes with lower salaries and lack representation in leadership roles. Now, for the first time ever, there is objective data from productivity analytics that can can be used to tackle key gender issues and myths in the workplace by using an anonymised data sampling of more than 3,000 women and men in workspaces, showing in the data’s results how we really behave, work, and communicate in the office.
The study conducted by Hive, a software startup company that helps other companies manage productivity, surveyed 3,000 men and women across different workplaces using anonymised data. The study covered everything from who gets assigned more work, who sends more messages, who uses particular kinds of language and how does all of that affect productivity. Essentially, the study wanted to reveal whether there really is there gender imbalance in workplace contributions or not.
The study conducted by Hive found a number of interesting points. While some studies say interruptions from messages and messaging apps at work can affect the way an individual concentrates, with one study suggesting that leads to a 20 percent decrease in performance, Hive’s study discovered that women actually send 20 percent more messages via chat programs than men do. Although in saying that, they’d also complete 10 percent more work. Hive’s results also found that men and women would express the word “sorry” nearly an equal amount. While 0.7 percent of messages sent by women included the word “sorry”, 0.64 percent of message sent by men contained the word.
While the study revealed that women complete 10% more work than men, Hive’s study also found that men work more on the weekends than during the week (more so than women do) but still complete less work over the course of the week. The study also found that women complete more work on average than men do and are assigned more work in general. Women are said to be assigned 55 percent of work while men are only assigned 45 percent of work.
While Hive’s new study showed that there are statistical differences in certain behaviour, such as which gender sends more messages and which gender uses what kind of language, the difference in workplace productivity between men and women poses interesting questions about why women are consistently overlooked for leadership roles. A recent report from Harvard Business Review reiterated the fact that women receive less recognition at work or, worse, are punished for behaviours that are also rewarded in men. The results of the study showcased that regardless of how women behave in the workplace, they are treated differently to their male coworkers. In this case, Hive’s new study challenged those results and explanations for why there aren’t more women in leadership roles.
According to Hive, it could be time to start hiring more women in organisations make workplaces more productive. While these studies may not pin-point to one specific problem exactly, they no doubt help pave the way for more people to understand how we as individual’s can view women at the workplace, and judge women on how much they’re contributing to their job and tasks efficiently, rather than outside opinions irrelevant to the workplace.