Women across the globe experience similar career challenges. Globally, broadening skill sets (32%), having sufficient opportunity to showcase abilities and potential (29%) and balancing professional and personal life (27%) are the top three challenges.
Nearly half (49%) of all respondents believe it is more challenging for women to be promoted to senior management than men. Belief strengthens as respondents’ seniority rises, peaking at senior managers (64%), middle managers (62%) and board members (61%). Regionally, it is strongest in China (79%).
The vast majority of women globally (91%) view an inclusive workplace as having a positive effect, including creating more growth opportunities and supporting progress, making employees feel valued and providing an opportunity to learn. However, C-suite respondents are most likely to report gender bias in the workplace. Regionally, this is most strongly felt in India where 33% of women identify the problem, followed by the U.S. at 19%.