Join InHerSight's growing community of professional women and get matched to great jobs and more!
Sign Up
Already have an account? Log in
[production]
Rate Now

BCG Study Reveals Ways to Drive Better Engagement Among Senior-Level Women

InHerSight data on work-life balance contributes to a larger discussion on employee engagement, highlighted in a new study from Boston Consulting Group called “The Rewards of an Engaged Female Workforce.”

By InHerSight

Boston Consulting Group

What's worse than working for a company where you don't feel engaged? Being a woman and working for a company where you don't feel engaged, according to a new study from The Boston Consulting Group that indicates that many companies fall short of providing the kind of environment where employees -- especially women in senior-level positions -- feel engaged.

And they do so at a price. Not surprisingly, companies with low employee engagement scores tend to have weaker financial performance, according to the report.

That's bad for everyone, but it turns out it's especially bad for women. The study found that in companies where overall employee engagement is low, there's a gap between the engagement levels of men and women that widens with seniority -- a gap that doesn't exist in companies with high engagement scores.

Appreciation and work-life balance are key

BCG looked at seven key factors that may lead to low employee engagement and found that a lack of appreciation for one's work and a lack of work-life balance topped the list when ranked by relative importance to employees.

InHerSight's data, collected from more than 65,000 working women who rated their employers on 14 different metrics, agrees with BCG findings: in the area of work-life balance, companies could do a lot better. “As men rise in seniority, they report more support from their colleagues for their nonwork obligations, while women report the opposite,” the report notes.

No one-size-fits-all solutions

But for companies looking to solve these problems, it's not as simple as checking a few boxes and implementing some shiny new policies. As the report states, "The [InHerSight] data is clear: even the best programs will not improve engagement if they don’t offer what employees want."

Platforms like InHerSight make it possible for companies to find out what's driving their employee engagement. Understanding the real causes of engagement issues is the first step to finding a solution, and women -- especially women in senior positions -- are more likely than anyone to be tuned in to those problems. “This is the most critical step,” the researchers write. “And one that companies often miss in their rush to move directly to implementing solutions.”

For details on how companies canmnrespond to engagement disparities, read the full BCG study here .

Join the conversation around improving workplace diversity by rating your employer at InHerSight!

Share this article

Don't Miss Out

Create a free account to get unlimited access to our articles and to join millions of women growing with the InHerSight community

Continue with social media or...

If you already have an account, click here to log in. By signing up, you agree to InHerSight's Terms and Privacy Policy

Rate Your Company

Your experience in the workplace matters! Anonymously share your feedback on a current or former employer. It only takes three minutes!

About InHerSight

InHerSight is the career navigator for working women. Founded on the belief that data measurement leads to advancement, we manage the largest database of women-rated companies, and we use those insights to match our users to jobs and companies where they can achieve their goals. Anonymously rate your current or former employer now to unlock our one-of-a-kind resources.