One in five women fear asking for help

by L&D04 Aug 2016
Everybody needs help to learn and progress in the workplace.

Sadly, however, new research has found that one in five women fear being labeled a ‘pest’ if they ask for advice on workplace and career issues.

This is compared to just 14% of males, according to the study by rungway.

Almost half (49%) said they never look for guidance on workplace and career issues.

Further, 18 to 34-year-olds said being considered a pest is the main reason they won’t ask for advice on work issues.

The 25 to 34-year-old age group had concerns that no-one would understand their work issue (18%), that they have no one to turn to (14%), or that they are afraid to ask (12%).

For those a bit older, 23% of 35 to 44-year-olds and 22% of 45 to 54-year-olds don’t ask for advice because they feel other people are too busy to help.

Not wanting to be a pest was also the second greatest reason for these age groups not asking for advice (21% and 17% respectively).

Moreover, workers over 55 required less guidance than any other age group on workplace issues.

Another worrying statistic was that almost one in five (19%) of the employees surveyed said that work issues affect their sleep on a weekly basis.

The survey involved 2,000 workers in the UK in full-time employment.

Julie Chakraverty, founder at rungway, said it seems there is a lot of variation in peoples’ approach to managing work issues.

“But a common thread throughout is that some people are afraid of asking for help and being seen as a pest, even when work issues affect their sleep every week,” said Chakraverty.

“Actually, ignoring issues can make things worse, and what we’ve seen on rungway is that many people around us do want to help and are offering advice regularly.”