New Study Suggests Women Receive Less Work Feedback Compared to Men

According to a recent study conducted by HR Tech provider, Appraisd, women in the workplace tend to receive less feedback than their male counterparts.

HR Dive’s Kathryn Moody reports that the report was released on Thursday, September 17th, the company found that 43% of men reported that they had gotten feedback from a manager or supervisor at least once per week. However, less than 30% (29%) of women said they had gotten feedback from a manager or direct report.

“If women are missing out on this,” Roly Walter, founder of Appraisd, said in a recent statement, “it is perhaps not a surprise to see the gender imbalance among senior managers, as women are not receiving the same level of information or support to help them develop their careers.”

Approximately 38% of women who participated in the Appraisd study said that they wanted more on-the-job feedback from supervisors, while 31% of men said that they would.

Feedback and reviews provide an essential function in helping any worker to advance within their organization.  Such a lack of feedback can prevent women, in particular, can prevent them from achieving promotions to management.  As both Walter and Moody noted, this can be an underlying reason for disparities between men and women in managerial and executive positions within their companies.

The COVID-19 has shifted how most companies operate from being in person and in real-time to being conducted remotely. Contrary to what some may believe, workers now expect more feedback when working remotely than they did within an office setting.

Managers must keep this in mind and consciously take the time to schedule reviews and provide feedback to workers on a more frequent basis.