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New Apto Survey: Men and Women in CRE Brokerage Agree the Industry Has Become More Hospitable to Women, But Disagree on Extent of Progress

  • Majority of men and women would be comfortable with their daughter working in
    the industry or at their firm
  • Men and women both say they’ve modified their behavior somewhat as a result
    of the #MeToo movement
  • More than 10% of men and women say their firm has experienced one or more
    sexual harassment or assault complaints in the past five years
  • Men and women have different attitudes about work teams: Women say teams
    should be gender-balanced; men are more neutral on the issue


DENVER (April 18, 2019) — The commercial real estate brokerage industry has become a more favorable place for women professionals, but men and women disagree on the extent of the progress, according to the latest Apto National Broker Buzz Poll, which was conducted before the Fourth of July by commercial real estate software company Apto. Women believe there’s been some progress; men believe there’s been more.

“It’s one of the interesting differences that the poll revealed,” said Apto CEO Angela Tucci. “While most respondents agreed that the industry has made improvements in the way it treats women — and this is something we should certainly celebrate — the representation of women in broker roles and leadership positions still remains low. Just like in the tech industry, we should be pleased that workplace gender relations are generally getting better, but we should aspire to achieve greater inclusivity and even further diversity."

Another difference highlighted in the poll: Men and women have different attitudes towards work teams. Women are more inclined to think teams should be gender-balanced. Men are more neutral on the issue, inclined to think that gender makes less of a difference to the success of work teams.

 

Full Poll Results – Female Respondents

How far has the CRE brokerage industry evolved in its treatment of women professionals? Pick the statement that most closely matches your view.

The industry has become a really good place for women. 13%

The industry has come a long way, but still has a way to go. 35%

The industry has made some progress, but still has a way to go. 46%

The industry is not a good place for women. 6%

Would you be comfortable with your daughter (real or hypothetical) working in the commercial real estate brokerage business based on its treatment of women?

Yes: 77%

No: 23%

Would you be comfortable with her working at YOUR FIRM based on its treatment of women?

Yes: 88%

No: 12%

On a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being “Not at all” and 10 being “A lot,” how has the #MeToo movement affected how you interact with people at work?

Average response: 3

As far as you know, has your firm experienced one or more sexual harassment or assault complaints in the past five years?

Yes: 15%

No: 85%

Which of the following statements do you agree with most?

A work team that’s more balanced between men and women is generally better. 58%

Men and women relate to each other differently, so work teams comprised mainly of one gender or the other are generally better. 2%

The gender composition of a team doesn’t really make a difference. 40%

 

Full Poll Results – Male Respondents

How far has the CRE brokerage industry evolved in its treatment of women professionals? Pick the statement that most closely matches your view.

The industry has become a really good place for women. 45%

The industry has come a long way, but still has a way to go. 32%

The industry has made some progress, but still has a way to go. 20%

The industry is not a good place for women. 3%

Would you be comfortable with your daughter (real or hypothetical) working in the commercial real estate brokerage business based on its treatment of women?

Yes: 92%

No: 8%

Would you be comfortable with her working at YOUR FIRM based on its treatment of women?

Yes: 96%

No: 4%

On a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being “Not at all” and 10 being “A lot,” how has the #MeToo movement affected how you interact with people at work?

Average response: 3

As far as you know, has your firm experienced one or more sexual harassment or assault complaints in the past five years?

Yes: 12%

No: 88%

Which of the following statements do you agree with most?

A work team that’s more balanced between men and women is generally better. 47%

Men and women relate to each other differently, so work teams comprised mainly of one gender or the other are generally better. 3%

The gender composition of a team doesn’t really make a difference. 50%

 

Thanks to members of the commercial real estate brokerage community who participated in the latest Apto National Broker Buzz Poll, which surveyed thousands of Apto customers and non-customers.

 

About Apto

Apto, the commercial real estate software company, is the #1 CRM and deal management platform for commercial real estate brokers, with more paid users than any other service. Apto was built by and for brokers to help them manage contacts, properties, listings and deals from anywhere on any device.

Apto customers include thousands of independent brokers around the world, as well as multinational brokerages CBRE, JLL, NKF, Cushman & Wakefield and others. Headquartered in Denver, Apto is one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., as ranked by Inc. magazine three years in a row. For more information, visit https://www.apto.com/.

 

Media contacts for more info:

Cary Brazeman, cary@crelix.com, 310-205-3590

Victoria Ozols, victoria@crelix.com, 310-205-3590

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