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Women at Work: Are We Happier?

LinkedIn did a study about women at work. What do we want? Are we happier? Below is an infographic with the results.

I got the chance to speak with the LinkedIn Career expert, Nicole Williams, and here’s what I learned.

When they asked, “what do women want at work?” they were surprised that the majority of women are more interested in flexibility than power and prestige. The numbers have changed, even in the last four years, which surprised Williams.

What Changed?

Williams thinks it can be attributed to the fact that today, women understand that money isn’t everything. Nor is power. They’re coming to realize that their most valuable commodity is time.

Time does not Equal Money Anymore

The definition of success for women is changing, too. Now it means being able to not only just support but spend time with their families. Because time is worth more than money.

Women are Less Afraid to Ask for Comparable Pay

Williams also mentioned that women today are better negotiators. So, instead of being frustrated that they’re not getting paid the same as their (male) peers, they simply negotiate salaries that make them feel more like they’re on equal footing. They are no longer as dissatisfied with their pay scale.

Women Don’t Think Kids will Negatively Impact Their Career

The study showed that 69% of women who do not yet have children do not think that their careers will be negatively affected by their decision to have a family.

Women are Happier

This is a positive study. Women are happy and thriving in today’s workplace. Women are stronger and more competent. And today’s woman understands that she has a lot of opportunities.

Redefining “Why”

At the end of our conversation, I asked Williams if the results of the study were reflected in her own life. She said yes, she noticed a switch herself. Four years ago she was chasing power and prestige and now, she has a family, and that changed her views, redefined her why, and she understands what she gives up in exchange for money. She’s happier, more satisfied, and no longer interested in power.

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