06.27.135:22 PM ET

New Study Shows Gender Gap Is Closing

Change comes to the workplace.

A new Thomson Reuters survey shows people are changing their attitudes about the workplace and the gender roles within it. Workers are now united by global connectivity and curiosity rather than race, class, or gender. As the digital revolution and social media take their place in office culture, the opportunities for new and emerging markets are increasing. People are finding that the actual work they do—not the monetary gain from it—makes them happier. According to the study, 70 percent of people would prefer a job that they enjoy rather than one that pays well, while 56 percent said it is more important to work for a company making a positive impact on the world even if it means their salary is lower. One of the most important findings:  that the gender gap is beginning to close. Both men and women have, “nearly identical work styles and habits,” and professionals in emerging markets are more open to equality than those in developed markets. Women in emerging markets are also more optimistic than their established counterparts. 63 percent of both men and women say solving problems is a top priority, and over half believe having a vision of their career achievements is very important. Ultimately, 52 percent of professionals in emerging markets see an equal number of male and female corporate executives within the next 25 years (as opposed to only 36 percent of professionals in developed markets, where attitudes seem to be less optimistic). A big reason behind this change in the future’s workforce is the rise of social media as a legitimate outlet; 82 percent of those in emerging markets believe that information on social media is highly important for understanding issues or news items. It’s also keeps people happy; 59 percent of satisfied workers use social media and online resources throughout their day as part of their work.