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– Feeling good? Getting promoted at work is typically associated with feelings of pride, excitement, accomplishment, and happiness. But a new study finds that men who climb the corporate ladder gain more emotional satisfaction from their rise than women do.
Jochen Menges, a professor at the University of Zurich and Cambridge Judge Business School, is a co-author of a paper published in the journal Sex Roles, “Gender and Emotions at Work: Organizational Rank Has Greater Emotional Benefits for Men than Women.” Menges and his co-authors asked about 15,000 survey participants to rate how often they feel certain emotions at work, ranging from confidence and contentment to boredom and disgust, and their place in the corporate hierarchy, among other questions.
Most respondents who rank higher on the org chart report feeling greater positive emotions than negative ones, but high-ranking men report emotional satisfaction to a greater degree than their women peers. “When women gain power in an organization, it doesn’t seem to carry the same emotional benefit as it does for men,” explains Menges.
The most striking difference is in feelings of respect as workers ascend the corporate ladder. Entry-level women report feeling more respected than men. But at higher levels of an organization, men say they feel respected much more than women do. It’s worth noting that women don’t report feeling less respected as they rise than they did at the beginning of their careers. Rather, men quickly overtake them with even greater feelings of respect the higher they climb.
The study’s real-life implications are wide-ranging. Emotions matter at work, Menges says, and companies should take them seriously. Feeling a lack of satisfaction as they climb the corporate ladder could be yet another factor that prevents women from reaching the very top—further reinforcing gender gaps in the C-suite. As new generations of employees seek purpose and authenticity in their jobs, these gaps could become wider still.
The effects can be cyclical, too. In industries with a greater representation of women, women report feeling more positive emotions and less negative emotions at every rank. If climbing the corporate ladder doesn’t provide emotional satisfaction, and fewer women decide to do so as a result, certain industries may see a greater gender imbalance at the top.
Employers should monitor how the people who make up their workforces feel, Menges suggests, to help counter this issue. Anonymized surveys, like the ones the researchers conducted, can help organizations understand who feels good at work and who doesn’t.
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