Women feel more confident asking for a pay rise over the phone

woman-on-the-phone-in-the-officeWomen feel more confident asking for a pay rise over the phone rather than in person, according to a recent survey.

The research, conducted by conference call company Powwownow, found that 28 per cent of women felt more confident asking for a pay increase or a promotion over the phone, opposed to face to face, compared with just 18 per cent of men.

The survey also revealed that in general, 21 per cent of women felt more comfortable speaking on the phone, while only 14 per cent of men agreed. 17 per cent of women felt more comfortable pitching to a client over conference call; while only 10 per cent of men preferred to pitch to clients on a phone call.

Women also prefer receiving a disciplinary over the phone than in person, while 89 per cent of men preferred to speak to their boss in person about any issues.

Jason Downes, Managing Director of Powwownow said, “It is very interesting to see there is quite a substantial difference between the confidence of men and women when raising certain issues.”

“The important thing is that everyone feels equally comfortable broaching these conversations with their managers and it is important that all staff, regardless of sex, feel they can have a face to face conversation with their line managers about these topics.”

“We should certainly be looking into why there is such a difference and what we can do about it as employers and managers.”

The new survey comes as it was revealed this week that women do ask for pay rises at the same rate as men, but are less likely to receive them.

The research, conducted by the Cass Business School and Warwick and Wisconsin Universities, found ‘no support’ for the theory that women avoid asking for more money at work.

The stereotypical theory suggests that women are less assertive and confident at work, and therefore shy away from asking their employer for a pay rise. However, the report found that there was ‘no difference’ in the likelihood of either gender asking for a pay rise.


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