Wellbeing of female employees: What workplaces do women love?

Irene Campos-García


Purpose: Previous research has highlighted that employee wellbeing in the workplace is closely linked to equity, achievement, and interactions. However, gender inequality in employment opportunities, work-life imbalance, the gender pay gap, and the existence of the glass ceiling are workplace realities and generate failures that can reduce women’s happiness and wellbeing. Based on the theories of organisational justice, affective events, and transactional stress, this research attempts to identify the initiatives or actions that can act as true levers to promote equality and to contribute to the creation of inclusive and enchanting workplaces for female employees.

Design: This study was carried out using the Delphi method. The panel consisted of a group of Spanish experts from the academic and professional fields who had close relationships with the topic of research.

Findings: Parity objectives and flexibility measures are actions that can be effective in achieving gender equality in companies. Factors related to equitable, fair, and non-discriminatory treatment are the main determinants of female wellbeing in the workplace. The quality of female employment and having leaders capable of creating inclusive environments increases the attractiveness of organisations for women.

Originality/value: This research yields interesting findings on the responsibility and role of companies in fulfilling the demands of female employees and in making women fall in love with the workplace. It may be especially relevant in the COVID-19 scenario.


Female employees, wellbeing, enchanted workplaces, gender equality, working conditions, Delphi method

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3926/ic.2046

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Intangible Capital, 2004-2023

Online ISSN: 1697-9818; Print ISSN: 2014-3214; DL: B-33375-2004

Publisher: OmniaScience