Stereotypes can be harmful, especially in a workplace. So how can organizations train employees to reduce the influence of stereotypes on their behavior? New research shows that discussing the prevalence of negative stereotypes can actually make things worse. Instead, it may be better to highlight examples of employees who do not believe in or act on stereotypes.
It’s a well-known fact that gender stereotyping has historically played a role in organizational leadership selection. But a new study suggests that job candidates who do not fit the stereotypical mold are viewed more objectively, resulting in more fair decisions during the selection process. The research suggests that exposure to those that break the stereotypical mold can also provide inspiration for other women.
Gender diversity in the workplace can fuel insight and creativity. But how do you avoid conflict? New research shows that department managers can maximize the advantages of gender diversity and minimize conflict by establishing a Climate for Inclusion, which means employees are treated fairly, valued, and allowed to weigh in on core decisions.
With more and more women around the world entering the work force, the need for understanding the pressures of balancing work and family life has never been greater. “International Perspectives on Work and Family” reviews four papers on the subject, providing a greater understanding of how this balance varies from culture to culture.
Should you treat all your new clients the same way? A new study indicates that women have different expectations than men when it comes to deciding on vendors or contractors for business to business transactions. Properly anticipating the needs and preferences of each gender allows for better client engagement, and thus better business relationships.
When it comes to charitable giving at work, the authors find that gender matters with women donating more than men. Alternatively, ethnicity has differing effects; finding ethnic minorities donate less money to workplace charity than do Whites, but the percentage of minorities in a work unit is positively related to workplace charity.
Topic: Gender, Discrimination, Development Publication: Journal of Management (NOV 2012) Article: Benevolent sexism at work: Gender differences in the distribution of challenging developmental experiences Authors: King, E. B., Botsford, W., Hebl, M. R., Kazama, S., Dawson, J. F., & Perkins, A. Reviewed by: Alexandra Rechlin Women are breaking the glass
Topic: Gender, Performance Appraisal Publication: Journal of Management (MAR 2012) Article: A Meta-Analysis of Gender Group Differences for Measures of Job Performance in Field Studies Authors: Roth, P. L., Purvis, K. L., & Bobko, P. Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada In human resource management, we are often concerned with group-based differences