Common career strategies benefit men but not women

14 Oct

Doing all the right things to progress your career and being the ideal worker has no impact on a woman’s career – while it benefits their male colleagues, according to a report from Catalyst.

The Myth of the Ideal Worker: Does Doing All The Right Things Really Get Women Ahead? says that being proactive helps men’s careers but not women’s. Common career strategies analysed in the report include: letting your boss know you’re ready for the next challenging project, putting in the time and effort to realise your ambitions, and building relationships with your boss’s boss as well as your own boss worked brilliantly for men, helping them to get ahead, but it had little impact on the rate at which high-potential women made it to leadership positions.

The report explodes the myth that women don’t ask for pay rises – they do – but asking doesn’t lead to better compensation. Also, women are not seeking out slower career paths, and are in fact less satisfied than men with their career growth.

Ilene H. Lang, president and CEO of Catalyst, said: “This study busts the myth that ‘Women don’t ask.’ In fact, they do! But it doesn’t get them very far. Men, by contrast, don’t have to ask. What’s wrong with this picture?

“Just as individuals need to manage their careers effectively or risk lagging behind their peers, organisations must learn how to attract, develop, and retain high-potential women – or risk losing out to their competitors.”

 

 

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One Response to “Common career strategies benefit men but not women”

  1. corina 17/10/2011 at 9:41 am #

    For some reason this just doesn’t surprise me. For far too long women have been fobbed off with the “myth” that their failure to progress is in someway their own fault – this article finally explodes that myth.

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