The survey of 675 businesswomen, administered by Compaq Computer Corporation was developed to assess the impact on women’s careers of the use of Internet-based information technology, specifically e-mail and online collaboration tools.
The survey found that, in comparison to face-to-face communication:
- almost two thirds of the sample thought that using online communication meant ideas are more likely to be heard
- some 66% said that their colleagues are more responsive online communication
- a little over two-thirds said online communication made it easier to express their thoughts
- online communication afford 60% of the sample a meaningful place in decision-making
- some 57% felt their gender matters less when they use e-mail or online communication tools.
Tools of the Trade
With regards to online tools:
- almost 85% agreed strongly or somewhat strongly that they are more productive using e-mail and online collaboration tools
- three-quarters said that they work more efficiently
- just over 60% say online communication improves their workplace creativity
- some 40% say it gives them less time for creativity
- almost 70% say online workplace communication enables them to achieve work-life balance
- while 58% say that because of these tools, they spend more time at work
- a little over 60% feel they make life less stressful
- while 47% expressed the opposite.