A survey by Staples shows that women and men both claim to work more than eight hour days and often work at home to catch up on assignments.
Many years ago, an author suggested men and women were as different as Venus and Mars.
When it comes to workplace desires and complaints, the differences are often just that far-flung.
A survey conducted by Redshift Research for the Staples Advantage Workplace Index details just what men and women want from their job, and what they want to see improved in their workplace. The study was based on a survey of 2,600 American and Canadian workers conducted in May of 2015.
The largest difference between men and women in the survey was in terms of salary. Almost 50 percent of women said they wanted a larger salary, to just 42 percent of men.
The next most significant concern of all employees was a better job title, which women want slightly more than men do. Women much more than men (25 percent to 15 percent) said they are not challenged enough in their job.
Women more often than men noted they wanted a better office culture (22 percent), and criticized the location of their workplace (18 percent).
Topics about which men worry more than women include business instability (the largest gender gap in the survey in which men had the higher degree of concern), and the lack of a flexible schedule.
Fewer than 10 percent of men or women complain about inadequate voluntary benefits, inadequate healthcare or inadequate technology.
Almost half of all employees (51 percent of men, 47 percent of women) said they work more than eight hours a day.
High percentages of both men and women said they could use either a lighter workload or more time to complete their work. Women were more likely to say they needed more time to complete the tasks they are given and more likely to request more break time, while men were more likely to ask for more space in which to work and better technology.
Younger employers said better and more free snacks, and better break room and free coffee would assuage their complaints about a heavy workload.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.