Over the last two years, women are restructuring the workforce and have been empowered to pursue better workplace dynamics. From diversity to flexibility to pay equality, women are demanding that companies meet their needs, or they are prepared to explore alternative opportunities. What’s more, companies that aren’t adapting and fostering supportive work environments are seeing women leave at record rates.
So says the new report from CREW Network, ,,Building the CRE Workforce of the Future, which explores emerging trends in work and how women are at the helm of restructuring the workforce. And one such trend stands out: 27% of CRE professionals have left the workplace in the last two years seeking better opportunities, better benefits, or a culture that better fits their values, priorities, and lifestyle.
“This aligns with the Great Aspiration trend, where workers are seeking ways to create a life that they want,” Wendy Mann, CEO of CREW Network, says. “That is really telling about what matters to people.”
What Women Want
Women want an equitable environment that reflects their needs. Pay equality is at the top of that list. In CREW’s 2022 survey, 34% of women chose pay transparency as the top priority in improving the workplace. Women believe companies should routinely monitor compensation to ensure equitable standards through raises and pay increases and bonuses. Flexible workplace polices were second on the list, with 27% saying this was their highest priority, following by workplace diversity (19%), professional support (11%) and health and wellbeing services (8%). This list of characteristics are also aligned with ,,the CREW Network CRE Pledge for Action, a commitment by CEOs to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts.
Due to the tight job market and a spotlight on DEI, women are in a unique position to demand inclusive practices. “Women are no longer accepting that it is okay [to have an unsupportive workplace] and there is a lot of opportunity for women to make moves than there might have been,” says Mann. “It is an employee’s market, and if you want something different, you can find it.”
Creating the right environment begins with the company culture, according to Mann, who says that the office environment is driving choices that women are making in the workforce. “Employees need to feel like they can be their authentic selves at work,” she says.
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