Why do women work?

31 March 2010

What gives you greater job satisfaction? ‘Making a difference’ or a whopping pay packet? If you’re a woman, a new study says, it’s the former, as career-women are more likely to work ‘for a cause’ – whereas men are money-driven.
Researchers found women were 10% more productive at work, when their work was linked to something they cared about.
‘Women have a more ‘pro social’ motivation in their work than men,’ said Mirco Tonin, an economics lecturer at the University of Southampton, who worked on the study, ‘Drawing greater satisfaction from contributing to a cause they care about. We found that women are 10% more productive when their work is directly linked to a social cause then when they have a similarly paid job in the private sector.’
However men only upped their game at work, when they were given a pay rise. Scientists say this could be why men are, on average, paid more then women – as they opt for the jobs with the highest salary, whereas women are attracted to lower-paid, but emotionally rewarding roles in health care, education or charity.
What makes you work to the best of your ability? Giving others a boost, or your bank balance?
By Amy Molloy


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