Performance reports behind why some female employees are less likely than men to be promoted

Women receive lower ratings for their potential for progression on employment evaluations  as compared to men, which is stopping some women from being rightfully promoted, according to a recent study

Danielle Li, PhD, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, found that despite receiving higher performance ratings than men, women received 18 percent lower ratings for potential compared to men. On average, female employees were 14 percent less likely to be promoted than men.

"The result I found most depressing in the paper is the result in which women outperform their stated potential," Dr. Li said in an interview. "Women have to hit a higher threshold of future performance in order to justify the same potential score."

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