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Posted: Friday, May 09, 2003

GENDER DIFFERENCES: Men and women differ markedly when it comes to their assessments of working conditions and career advancement opportunities, according to a survey by an Internet job search site.

Nearly a third of women, 31 percent, said they were paid less than men with similar experience and qualifications, while only 9 percent of men felt they were paid less than women.

Work stress weighed heavier on women, with 59 percent saying they worked under a great deal of stress. Only half the men said the same. And only 31 percent of women were satisfied with opportunities for career advancement while 40 percent of men were satisfied.

While 59 percent of men reported job satisfaction, 42 percent of men were willing to take a pay cut in exchange for a more fulfilling and satisfying job. But only a third of women, 34 percent, would consider such a pay cut.

The findings are from a survey of 640 men and 665 women conducted March 21-27 by CareerBuilder.com. All those surveyed were employed at least 40 hours per week

WORKER VIEWS: Are you managed well, with open, honest communication with your supervisor? Probably not, if a recent employee poll is any indication.

Only about one in four workers, 24 percent, said they were completely satisfied with their jobs, in a recent poll.

The biggest problems? Communications and relationships with company managers. Nearly a third, 28 percent, don't approve of how their companies communicate with them and 23 percent said they don't believe their organizations listen to or care about them.

While unemployment is high and employed Americans are grateful to have a job, they still crave an environment where they feel valued by their leaders, as well as achieving a sense of personal accomplishment at the end of the day,'' said Rick Garlick, director of consulting and strategic implementation for Maritz Research Inc., which conducted the poll.

SOCIAL COLLEAGUES: We've all heard the office-dating gossip, but on a platonic level, how social are your colleagues?

More than half of workers in a recent poll, 66 percent, said they eat lunch with co-workers daily or at least several times a month. As for post-work drinks, about 24 percent said they do happy hour'' a few times per month and 47 percent said a few times per year.

Nearly 62 percent of workers said they had attended a colleague's major life event,'' such as a wedding or funeral.

Sporting activities were decidedly not happening, with only 13 percent saying they had ever played a sport with a fellow worker.

The survey was conducted among 1,385 office workers for the Office Products Group, based in Sidney, N.Y.



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