Draymond Green

Do you speak up?

It’s not easy to voice an unpopular opinion. So how do people feel about speaking up at work? Is it different for men or women? See 3 key insights from Draymond’s survey.

But not everyone feels comfortable disagreeing with their colleagues. Only 63% of workers said they feel they can voice a contrary opinion without negative consequences. But luckily about the same number of people say when they do speak up, their opinions are heard.

Draymond Green insights
Bar chart of men and women who can express opinions at work

Only 58% of working women feel they can voice a contrary opinion without negative consequences. That’s a full 10 points shy of what working men say. A similar share of women (59%) say their opinions are valued, which is 7 percentage points lower than men.

73% of people say they think through what they’ll say before speaking up. Just 15% of people say the first thing that comes to their mind, but fewer say they stay silent and hold back their opinion entirely.

Pie chart of thinking before speaking

Methodology: Respondents for this SurveyMonkey online poll were selected from the more than 2 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Data was weighted for age, race, gender, and education to reflect the demographic composition of adults living in the United States. See more information on the methodology.


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