Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Women against Women in the workplace

Do women deliberately set out to sabotage other women? It's been whispered before in all female group settings: getting along with other women at work is nearly impossible. Example after example has shown that the biggest obstacle to resolving workplace problems has been the persistent reluctance and challenge of a female colleague. A book written by economics professor, Mukesh Eswaran, supports this impression.

"Why Gender Matter in Economics," written by Mukesh Eswaran reveals three studies showing women are less likely to cooperate with other women. In the first study, when both males and females were given money to distribute to a partner, both men and women handed their female colleagues less than what they offered males. What's even more disappointing? Women were more likely to give their female partners even less than what the males had offered.

In another study, women had no problems competing with other women, but were fine with backing down from male colleagues. A third study reinforced this behavior by revealing how women were more likely to negotiate harsher with other women than with men.

Unfortunately, we've seen this play out in realty. Women are more comfortable challenging other women, but are unlikely to display that same behavior toward males. This is true in the personal and professional environments. Unfortunately, the three studies led researchers to believe that women are easier to take advantage of.

I've said this before and I'll say it again: we need to be each other's advocates. It's what the women's gender equality movement stands for, but apparently we still have a long way to go before we actually adopt this important principle.

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