FLSA/Wages, Strategic HR

Equal Job Satisfaction May Be More Important Than Equal Pay

According to statistics released in 2014 by the United States Census Bureau, women are paid, on average, 79 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. A just released study of over 100,000 job offers by Hired.com found that 69% of the time men receive higher salary offers than women for the same job title at the same company.

But equal pay is just the beginning. What about the gap between job satisfaction for women and men?

Most companies stress rewards—like increased wages and bonuses—as a way to motivate employees, but studies have shown that women have a higher preference for “softer issues,” including a desire for respectful treatment, a company’s understanding of a woman’s desire to reconcile work and family life, and gestures of appreciation and encouragement.

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