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Personal Choice Holds Career Women Back Professionally More than Glass Ceiling According to New Study

A new study by HVS Executive Search and appearing in the August issue of the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly surveyed nearly 100 executive men and women in the hospitality industry about the traditional glass ceiling.

A new study by HVS Executive Search and appearing in the August issue of the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly surveyed nearly 100 executive men and women in the hospitality industry about the traditional glass ceiling.

Two key findings from this executive survey suggest an important shift in workplace trends:

  • Men and women agree on home and career: Out of six categories of personal priorities, both sexes rated family first and career third. Men do not seem more career-focused than women, and women do not seem more household-focused than men.
  • Personal choice outweighs the glass ceiling: Household and family responsibilities were rated as the greatest hindrance to women’s career advancement. There are opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder if they choose to navigate personal circumstances.

Lead author of the study Juliette Boone noted, “Workplace barriers still exist in some organizations, but these appear rooted in poor leadership, specifically a lack of mentoring and career planning for women. Outright stereotyping ended up as the third most important concern.”

Bruce Tracey, Ph.D. Professor of Management at Cornell University said, “In my opinion, these results challenge common wisdom, so organizations and aspiring leaders both should take these findings to heart.”

Contact:
Juliette Boone
HVS Executive Search
Managing Director – North America
+1 (303) 938-8884
jboone@hvs.com