Business Comm Final Paper

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LeeAnna Barker Austin Wilson December 7, 2014 Final Paper Gender “Ideals” and the Workplace Introduction For several decades now, women have struggled with equality in the workplace. “Men are told to think like a woman and women are told to act like a man” (Valian, 1998). However, this advice often reinforces gender schemas and stereotypical qualities such as sympathy for women and assertiveness for men. While these pigeon-holes are often exaggerated, research shows that gender characteristics do indeed exist, and they play a very powerful role in the workplace. Background and History Gender schema theory was introduced in 1981 and states that children actively construct mental representations about that which defines males and…show more content…
Lastly, men are more likely to make friends with their superiors which give them better opportunities for moving up on the corporate ladder. In 2010, 72% of men received a promotion, compared to only 65% of women because men wore more likely to “mingle” within the office place. (Gannon, 2012) On the other hand, it is said that women are seen as being more supportive and less managerial. Women tend to display high levels of compassion and team-building skills. Additionally, women leaders are able to view situations from many different perspectives, enhancing their persuasive ability and making them better at persuasion than males. Women are also said to like a challenge. “An international study found that 70% of businesswomen asked their bosses for new challenges at work, which is less than half of the businessmen that did so.” Lastly, it is said that women are honest and hard workers. It was found that 54% of women worked 9-11 hour days compared to 41% of men. It was also found that women are more likely to do work during their vacations and less likely to spend their “sick days” playing hooky. (Gannon, 2012) Focus Although men and women both have wonderful qualities to make them successful, men

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