“The most common theme in this week’s Culture Club column is that our culture isn’t quite the same as it used to be.”
So what does it mean?
According to the survey, 80% of respondents say they feel “less valued” in their jobs today.
That’s not exactly flattering.
What’s more, just one in five (19%) feel “greater job satisfaction” compared to 20% of all employees in 2016.
The survey also revealed that 59% of employees say they have more work-related stress, while 37% say they’re “more likely to take time off work.”
It’s a serious issue for both men and women.
It’s not just that women feel more stress about work than men, either, and they’re less likely to consider other options, like taking time off for family, hobbies, and recreation.
It’s also that “women are less likely than men to have the time to exercise,” with only 28% of women exercising compared to 34% of men.
It should come as no surprise that the survey also found that men and young adults are also less likely today to be engaged with work and in their personal lives.
It would be nice if this were the case.
“When I first started at the company, my boss would say to me, ‘You’re not doing enough to make it here,'” says the female executive, who is now working at another company.
“I’m just like, ‘I’m not really good at this.'”
“The more you work, the less you’re rewarded,” the female employee says.
“It’s a cycle.
When you’re not engaged with your work, it doesn’t work out well.”
What’s the solution?
One solution could be a cultural shift.
“We could make sure our work environment is more collaborative and more fun,” says one of the women interviewed.
“If we get to that point, I think we can take the pressure off.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above, contact The Office for help.