My large Government employer conducts a survey every few years to see how management-officer relationships are going. The survey results get broken down in a variety of ways and one of the ways it was broken down enables my business area to be compared with the equivalent business area in another region as well as the organisation as a whole. The data was also compiled to assess male results against female results.
My Manager(female) has looked at the data and sees that men are more satisfied in our workplace than the women are. She also points out that the disparity between male and female satisfaction in our business area is much more significant than the organisational average and our equivalent business area in another region.
She has concluded that we have a gender-based problem.
When I look at our business area, I see things that make me disagree with her conclusion (and the logic she used to reach the conclusion)
Our business area has a small population
Women are in a minority
One team is all female, except for its team leader
The females in that one team represent 50% of all females in the business area
I have a strong suspicion that the Team leader in that team is a T whereas the female team members are Fs
We are an engineering organisation and women in that team are not engineers
I feel that if the data could be compiled to compare the workplace satisfaction of engineers vs non-engineers, or Ts vs Fs, we would find greater disparity than we have found by comparing Male vs Female
I'm seriously contemplating telling my manager to put the statistics in the bin and that we have a small enough population to simply have each team leader go up to each team member individually and ask "how can we do better?".
What do others think?