Do men and women request the same things from their workplace? SuccessFactors, a provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions , got together with Dimensional Research to roll out the 2012 HR Beat. This international survey includes over 1500 national and international HR leaders and hiring managers. When asked to compare the requests from men and women in the workplace, these interesting findings emerged.
Female professionals were more likely to ask for . . .
- Reduced work hours (51%)
- Flexible work hours (50%)
- Flexible work locations (40%)
Male professionals were more likely to ask for . . .
- Promotions (39%)
- An off cycle raise (36%)
- An unscheduled bonus (33%)
These were certainly not the only eye opening insights from this research. Over half of those surveyed have used social media to identify new recruits. Resume search sites and LinkedIn were tied at 24% followed by Facebook (23%) and twitter (12%).
Generation X was found to be the most demanding of generational demographics. Those between ages 35-50 (Generation X to Trailing Baby Boomers) were . .
- 39% more likely to request larger salaries
- 49% more likely to request higher job titles
What do Millennials (Generation Y) want?
- 40% more likely to want further training within the workplace
- 42% more likely to be open to the idea of workplace mentors
But don’t think money is all employees want! Respondents indicated that non-financial benefits and compensations are increasingly being requested, to the tune of 49%. What were these unique requests? Time off for volunteers (16%), free massages (8%), and compensation for laundry services (8%).
AWE T&D Workshop: Ethics
Wow almost of half of respondents to the 2012 HR Beat informed that their human capital has interests in workplace training and development. This willingness and openness in becoming a stronger professional should not be overlooked.
Many would say that the idea of ethics is one that relates to conduct. We agree! However, we also put forth that ethics or the act of being ethical is something that often needs to be developed in the workforce. It is beneficial for organizations to see ethics as a skill that should be sharpened and developed within their employee base.
What does our dear friend Merriam-Webster have to say about Ethics?
- Ethics: a set of moral issues or aspects of rightness; a guiding philosophy; the consciousness of moral importance; principals of conduct governing the individual or group; a theory or system of moral values; the discipline of dealing with what is good and bad with moral duty and obligation
The company culture, internal/external branding, and overall operations each relate to ethics. Additionally, these organizational aspects have the power to not only communicate and support ethics but also develop ethical employees. It is then most effective to view ethics as an organizational approach to stakeholders, partners, employees, and the consuming clientele.
Laws, guidelines, and policies in addition to mission statements and codes of conduct all detail and communicate an organizations set of morals and values. However, it is important to have an action plan for these ideas to jump from the pages of black and white and into the fabric of an organization – top down, bottom up.
Seeing Ethics as a workplace skill that should be developed can improve the worker and workplace. The culture can be a vehicle to drive this success. Check back for points on using culture to drive ethics in your organization!