State of the Workplace | Part 1: Gender | Hive
State of The Workplace

Part 1: Gender


The tide has begun to turn for gender equality in 2018, but the pay gap remains wide and a glass ceiling looms large above our heads. We have a long way to go — estimates put us over 150 years away from gender parity as women continue to pay pink taxes with lower salaries, grapple with emotional labor, and lack representation in leadership roles.

But for the first time, we have objective data from our productivity analytics that we can use to tackle key gender issues and myths in the workplace. Using an anonymized data sampling of more than 3,000 women and men in Hive’s workspaces, the data reveals insights into how we behave, work, and communicate in the office.

Gender equality in the workplace can only be achieved with education and action. We hope these insights help empower you and your team to make progressive change.

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Key Findings

Does chatting at work make you less productive?

It appears to have the opposite effect. Women send 20% more messages via chat yet complete 10% more work.

Do women need to stop using passive language?

Arguments for or against passive language aside, this should not be a gendered issue. Men use “thanks” more than women and say “sorry” nearly the same amount.

Have our workplaces become more gender integrated?

It probably doesn’t help that both men and women assign 20% more tasks to someone of the same gender.

Do men and women complete the same amount of work?

Not only do women complete more work on average, but they are assigned 55% of all work, compared to 45% assigned to men.

Does working on weekends make you more productive?

You’re better off saving it for a weekday. Men work more on weekends than women, yet complete less work each week.

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