Only 33% say their organization is on track to gender parity.
Majority cite cultural and societal norms as top barrier.
Is your company on track to gender parity? And what should CEOs be doing to advance women in their organizations?
The results of the first When Women Thrive Quick Pulse are in, and a surprising 67% say their organization is either not on track or only somewhat on track to achieving gender parity.
The Quick Pulse is a snapshot of the opinions of employees taken through social media. It allows respondents to choose only one response to each question. For deeper and more robust research, access the 2016 Global When Women Thrive Report.
Respondents cited cultural and societal norms as the top reason why women aren’t advancing in their organizations, followed by the failure to view gender diversity as key to the business strategy.
When asked about the most important move their leaders could make to advance women, the priority was clear: Ensure that leaders at all levels are engaged in gender diversity as a business imperative.
More than 200 people (63% women and 37% men) completed the When Women Thrive Quick Pulse in March 2016.
Here are some stats on the participants:
The Quick Pulse is part of Mercer's ongoing efforts to engage employees, change the trajectory for women, and help organizations create thriving workforces.
How to Get on Track: Time for Action
Despite decades of talk about the importance of women, organizations are struggling to achieve real progress in gender diversity. At Mercer, we've developed proprietary tools that can benchmark where your organization is now, set priorities, and draw a road map to success.
To learn more, contact us.