Beyond Equal Pay for Women: Equal Job Satisfaction May Be More Important

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Talk To An Expert, Inc has developed a "Work Satisfaction Questionnaire for Women" with Life Coach Nancy Harris. This download helps women understand the factors related to their job satisfaction and how these can affect their families and broader life issues.

Job dissatisfaction can have a huge cost for both women and their families, well beyond the workplace.-Nancy Harris

This week women and men around the country observe Equal Pay Day and will take time to consider the repercussions of the wage gap between working women and men. According to statistics released in 2014 by the United States Census Bureau, women are paid, on average, 79 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. A just released study of over 100,000 job offers by found that 69% of the time men receive higher salary offers than women for the same job title at the same company.

But equal pay is just the beginning. What about the gap between job satisfaction for women and men? Most companies stress rewards like increased wages and bonuses as a way to motivate employees, but studies have shown that women have a higher preference for “softer issues,” including a desire for respectful treatment, a company’s understanding of a woman’s desire to reconcile work and family life, and gestures of appreciation and encouragement.

The importance of job satisfaction to a woman’s sense of self-worth is often underestimated. According to Nancy Harris, a Women’s Empowerment Coach on the Talk to An Expert website (

"It is hard for most women to compartmentalize work dissatisfaction. If they’ve had a frustrating day at work, they often continue to process their feelings once home. This can deeply affect the significant relationships in their life, as well as their health. Job dissatisfaction can have a huge cost for women and their families, well beyond the workplace. I work with a lot of women trying to reconcile these conflicting roles and emotions. Sometimes we work on exploring how to deal with workplace stress more effectively and other times we may look at how to begin the process of leaving their current employment for something more fulfilling.”

Ms. Harris, a Certified Life Coach with more than 20 years of experience, has developed a Work Satisfaction Questionnaire to help women evaluate the factors that can make them feel more fulfilled at work. This free download can be found at Women can use this questionnaire to determine their overall job satisfaction and how they can improve it.

Talk to An Expert, Inc. ( is a website of counselors and coaches that provides a wide variety of consultation services for people looking to make significant life changes. Experts are available for consultation by phone or email.

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