Women being judged differently at work, says survey

Focus on behaviour and organisational culture is more important than policy, University of Cambridge study suggests

Organisations focus too much on gender policies and not enough on tackling behaviour, experts have said, in response to new research that found organisational culture remained a key barrier to female progression at work.

The year-long study from Murray Edwards College at the University of Cambridge, Gender Bias in Workplace Culture Curbs Careers, revealed gender biases remain pervasive across UK workplaces, with respondents from a cross-section of professions reporting cultural issues in their workplaces.

In the survey of more than 5,000 people, almost three in four (74 per cent) women felt their workplace culture made it more challenging for women to advance their careers than men, a sentiment almost half (42 per cent) of men agreed with.



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