2021 in Review for Women at Work | Takeaways from McKinsey & LeanIn.org's Annual ReportMinah Kim Apr 25, 2022 2:00 PM
In the second year of the global pandemic, we experienced and witnessed unprecedented workplace challenges, labor shortages, increased stress and grief, and the growing demand for racial equity. These issues all appear to have disproportionately affected people with marginalized identities. Here is the latest data on women in the workplace from a study conducted by McKinsey in partnership with LeanIn.Org, along with potential solutions for a path forward.
This data set includes information from more than 65,000 employees, representing 423 participating organizations employing over 12 million people; in-depth interviews were also conducted with women of diverse identities, including women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and women with disabilities.
Women are facing an increasing level of burnout
Burnout takes a significant toll on representation in the workplace and can exacerbate existing inequities within the promotion pipeline. McKinsey’s report highlights effective approaches to addressing burnout, including increasing mental health support and training employees on setting boundaries.
While organization-level initiatives are crucial for systemic change, there are steps individuals can take to maintain wellbeing and remain focused and fulfilled. By preventing your own burnout, you can also help to sustain a healthy culture on your team. Start by identifying and understanding signs of burnout and work on developing tactics that help you address your challenges. Incorporating these tactics into your regular routine can help you prevent burnout in the future.
Women leaders face greater challenges than their male counterparts
Women of color are not seeing improvements in their day-to-day experiences despite employers’ increasing commitment to racial equity.
Organizations can take action to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and train employees at all levels on bias, anti-racism, and allyship. Employees should be aware of barriers faced by marginalized groups and need tools to collectively tackle these challenges. Senior leaders should be supporting and participating in DEI initiatives which should be adequately resourced and prioritized.
Women are leading the effort to support teams and advance DEI, but are not always recognized
Recognizing and rewarding staff who support DEI efforts is critical to a healthy workplace
Suggestions from the report include:
Awareness of these challenges provides an opportunity to create a healthier, safer, and more inclusive work environment, and addressing them will be critical to ensuring that you and your co-workers can thrive at work.
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Minah Kim is a writer based in Brooklyn. She is a labor and community organizer with experience in the healthcare and professional services sectors.