I recently heard Dr. Susan Murphy speak at a NAWBO dinner. The content was very interesting: how females differ from men when it comes to management and work.
In essence, Dr. Murphy´s research has shown that females have a tendency to be more social (imagine that!) while men see business as more of a hierarchy. For this reason, women who work for female managers often expect female managers to be more friendly and social (ie:we are all on the same level and should share personal experiences) while we tend for men to be more direct (ie: tell us what to do and we will do it). When women tell us what to do, we sometimes feel offended because we expect something like this to transpire: "Hi, Beth, how is your day going? I love that outfit. Listen, could you get this done by noon?" With men we expect them to say, "I need this by noon."
Do you see that in your own work environment? If you are a female manager, do you find yourself sometimes feeling as though you need to make small talk so that you aren´t seen as too direct and abrupt? If you are a female worker with a female manager, do you often feel she is being a, well, you know what, when she throws something on your desk and expects it to be done? Would you feel differently if a man did the same thing?
In the following posts this week I will be putting up some statistics and some interesting genetic research that Dr. Murphy presented with her speech. She´s co-authored a book called, "In the Company of Women, " that looks at this more in depth, if you are interested in reading further. I have to say, it is very interesting reading and research.
Have a good Thanksgiving week, working mommies! Remember, leave the work at home this Thursday and just enjoy your family time.