Top 8 views from the Women in the Workplace 2022 report

McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace 2022 report found that corporate America needs more women – we share quotes from 8 women who participated in the report

According to McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace 2022 report, we’re in the midst of the “Great Breakup”. This is because women are leaving employment at an unprecedented rate, to seek equal opportunities. 

Although a “modest” level of progress has been made, there’s still a great deal of work to be done. Through their report, McKinsey highlights quotes from real women, who share their struggles and opinions on women’s workplace struggles. We’ve listed our top eight – how many do you agree with?

08: On microaggressions:

“Some microaggressions just 100% don’t happen when I’m remote. A lot of people have said I should be worried about not having face time, but there’s another perspective, which is that people of colour don’t want to be in a work environment where they don’t feel like they can be themselves.”

- Black woman, Vice President

07: On training management:

My company could do a better job of training leaders on how to manage remotely. We never had a course on how to manage remote teams. I think it’s something all of our managers need, not just me.”

- White woman, Senior Manager, physical disability

06: On hybrid working:

I’ve found that remote work is really, really role-based. Sometimes we do need to be in a team working environment for a project. But other than that, if someone can work better and feel more comfortable by working remotely, then why not?”

- East Asian woman, Manager, Hybrid worker

05: On the glass ceiling:

I’ve asked many times what I can do to get promoted, and I don’t get a good answer. I’m thinking of leaving. And it will be my company’s loss since they didn’t offer me the opportunity to advance. I hit a ceiling that didn’t need to be there.” 

- South Asian woman, Senior Manager, Immigrant

04: On male-dominated roles:

“The engineering field is almost all men, and it has been for a long time. When I was at university, there were just five women in a room of sixty men. And when I started working, it was like that too. It’s a very challenging environment.”

Latina, Manager, Immigrant

03: On flexible working:

“For the first time in my career, we’re seeing people leaving and going to companies with a more generous work-from-home policy. So I dug into the data, and I realised something about every single person leaving. They were all women.” 

- Black woman, Vice President

02: On inclusivity:

“When I joined this company, I noticed there were a lot of women and people of colour in leadership. That let me know it was possible for me to advance. When you come into a company and there are leaders who look like you, it just feels different.”

- Black woman, Manager

01: On life-changing flexibility:

I don’t think I could work full-time if I was required to be in the office. I think it is literally that life-changing to be remote for me.”

- White woman, entry-level, physical disability


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