Irish women reluctant to highlight professional achievements, survey finds

Business, Employment | Wed 8 Jun | Author – Business & Finance
Wendy Murphy LinkedIn
Wendy Murphy, senior director of HR at LinkedIn

Irish women lack confidence in telling their work story compared to their peers internationally, a survey released today by professional network LinkedIn finds.

The survey, conducted by Censuswide, found that Irish women are a lot less proud of their work achievements.

19% of Irish women say that they’re proud of their work achievements compared to 26% internationally.

This lags far behind countries like India (30%) Spain (38%) and USA (38%).

The survey also found that almost one-in-four women stated that they would panic if they were asked on the spot to describe their achievements, compared to just 12% of men.

When it comes to sharing professional achievements online, Irish women were less likely to talk about promotions than their male colleagues.

The findings also showed that women like to share their family’s work achievements ahead of their own. Less than one-in-five (19%) feel pride in talking about their own work achievements, but more than double (40%) feel pride in sharing information about their family’s professional success.

This lack of confidence and pride in communicating professional achievements may affect career progression as 63% of those in hiring positions agree that it is important to let senior staff members know about professional achievements in order to get a pay rise or promotion.

Wendy Murphy, senior director of HR at LinkedIn, commented: “There is a real opportunity for women working in Ireland to consider how they tell their work story and showcase their professional achievements. Being comfortable communicating the fruits of your hard work is vital if you want to climb the career ladder.”

She continued: “Telling your work story online is of the utmost importance for career progression and advancement too, with 70% of those in hiring positions agreeing that the impression you make online is just as important as the one you make in person.”