Is it true that employees tend to prefer male bosses?
- Feb 06 , 2017 1
Women who are trying to make a presence in the upper echelons of management face one common problem- most employees or employers don’t want them there. A very small percentage of employees prefer female bosses, while the maximum number are said to prefer males.
Lack of faith in female leadership is based on both past experiences and a general impression about how women in-charge tend to misuse power. Women have a massive tendency to undermine each other at work. Their preferences are often misplaced, as they are likely to not give the company priority, which needs to be done at their position.
Due to competition, rumours about top positions are also often spread, and they spread faster when a woman is at the helm of affairs. When a woman rapidly rises up the ranks in any organisation, the general impression is that it’s her charm and not the ability is taking her forward. It is not just males, even females think the same. There is room for only a very few women at the top. But if one looks at the relationships at work, women are generally not fond of other women at similar positions. Factors like jealousy are more common among them than among men, in most cases.
Women may not prefer other women
It is not always jealousy which prompts one woman to get the better of another, in the case of relationships at work. Women are also wary of one another when one gets penalised as a result of helping the other one. Studies show significant evidence that senior women who have tried to help out new and junior ones tend to get a lot of negative reviews from their superiors.
Surveys on women bosses
Surveys such as the ones conducted by Gallup in different years have proved many of the above points. During a study in 2008 by them, it was seen that women who worked for female supervisors were usually more stressed than those who worked for male supervisors. In 2011, 95 per cent of working women answered that they have been undercut by at least one woman during the course of their professional lives.
During the course of work, many women have been penalised for demonstrating explicit and direct form of assertiveness. One such situation has commonly been demanding for higher salary. Dominance which has seen verbal forms has been quite tricky for women, but not as much for men.
Organisational changes to support women
Over the years, a large number of organisational changes have been made to accommodate the interests of women. For example, women are not forced to work till late in the night. Even if they stay back late, cab drops are arranged for them, along with security guards. Polices have been made female friendly. Gender equality is now observed in every department.
Despite all the changes, it has been observed that while men have been able to display the power to help all their associates grow, women are able to simply achieve success as individuals. They are not able to take others along with them to the next level.