Women at Work: A Global Outlook 2023 Report | Deloitte

Workforce Trends

This 39-page report presents findings from Deloitte’s third annual survey on women in the workplace. Based on feedback from ~5,000 women in 10 countries, the report highlights a few positive developments reported by many working women: reduced burnout rates, declining non-inclusive behaviors, and improved hybrid work experiences. However, these challenges persist for many, and some factors have worsened. Many respondents feel uncomfortable discussing mental health at work, lack adequate mental health support from their employer, struggle to disconnect from work—especially considering their significant responsibilities in household tasks — and face limited flexibility at work. Regarding lack of flexibility, more women have left jobs in the past year than in 2021 and 2020 combined—citing flexibility as one of the top three reasons for their departure. Even when flexible work arrangements are offered by their employer, many women do not feel comfortable using them; 97 percent believe that requesting or taking advantage of flexible working options would affect their chances of promotion or career progression. This data point underscores the importance of having leaders that foster a culture where individuals do not feel penalized for utilizing flexible work arrangements. Several other ideas are discussed. As a bonus, I am resharing two reports about women in the workplace: 1) McKinsey’s and Lean In’s 2022 Women in the Workplace Report and 2) IBM Institute for Business Value’s report, Women in Leadership: Why Perception Outpaces the Pipeline—and What to Do About It.