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MAY-JUN 2018

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on a raise, promotion, key assignment, or chance to get ahead simply because they were female, with 53 percent agreeing and 47 percent disagreeing that this had been an issue. ■ Similarly, they disagreed on whether an opportunity for a position or promotion was negatively impacted due to gender, with responses divided between those who agreed (40%) and those who disagreed (60%). As one might expect, respondents' comments were also diverse, many offering incidents, examples, and/ or beliefs based on their personal experiences. Looking at the comments as a whole, most seemed to agree that the overall effectiveness of these efforts depended largely on the leadership within the department and the culture of the organization. Being Part of the Team Diversity and inclusion in the workforce have long been recognized as critical aspects of professional success, increasing our creativity and problem-solving, enhancing our learning experiences, shaping new attitudes, increasing flexibility, and improving workforce quality. This must be channeled through every member of the team— celebrating our differences and seeing the value that every individual brings to the table is a shared responsibility as much as it is an individual point of view. However, it's just as important that we see our similarities and share a common respect for one another. When it comes to being a member of the loss prevention team, our survey respondents said they believe they have the support and respect of the men that they work with. ■ They overwhelmingly felt they belonged as part of the loss prevention team, with 96 percent indicating that they agree. ■ Participants left no doubt they feel as capable of performing their job responsibilities as their male counterparts, with 100 percent in agreement on the issue. ■ When it comes to sharing opinions and speaking their minds, respondents overwhelmingly felt (88%) they have an equal voice to their male counterparts. ■ Nine out of ten respondents felt they have the respect and support of their bosses regarding their career aspirations. When asked if it mattered whether their boss was a man or a woman on this subject, 80 percent indicated that it didn't matter. Eighty-one percent of women indicated that their boss was male, while 19 percent reported to a female. ■ The vast majority (92%) of respondents agreed they have the support and respect of their male peers, with 82 percent also believing they have the support and respect of their male subordinates and 10 percent reporting they do not have subordinates. Do women feel they are often asked to perform assignments that are more stereotypical for women such as the note taker or activity coordinator? Responses to this question were very mixed, divided between those who disagreed (63%) and those who agreed (37%). By the same respect, when asked if women often volunteer to perform assignments that are more stereotypical for women, there was a similar division between those who agreed (55%) and those who disagreed (45%). When asked if there were situations where they felt more at risk as a woman, the respondents also had a very mixed response, divided almost equally between those who agreed (49%) and those who disagreed (51%). The comments provided were also somewhat diverse based on personal experiences, with many women indicating that pregnancy was a primary reason they felt more at risk. Others The respondents were evenly split when asked whether they felt that they missed out on a raise, promotion, key assignment, or chance to get ahead simply because they were female, with 53 percent agreeing and 47 percent disagreeing that this has been an issue. WOMEN OF LOSS PREVENTION Strongly Agree Agree Somewhat Agree Somewhat Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree There have been times when I've felt that I've missed out on a raise, promotion, key assignment, or chance to get ahead because I am a woman. 25% 20% 15% 5% 0% 10% 18 MAY–JUNE 2018 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM

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