Embracing The Feminization Of Workplaces. Are We Up For It?
- JWB Post
- October 23, 2015
Can you think of the character of a place as feminine? And if you do, how would you describe it?
I would describe it as an environment which is more clutter free. And if we talk about feminization of workplaces, in particular, that would entail more democracy, more participation and more chirpiness within the organization, according to what psychologists say.
Why? Simply because women are by default more sensitive, more social. And when there are more women at a workplace, there of course are more of these traits.
“Half a dozen global studies, conducted by the likes of Goldman Sachs and Columbia University, have found that companies employing women in large numbers outperform their competitors on every measure of profitability,” states an article on ‘women in the workplace’.
“Women leaders are universally accepted as being more “cooperative” than their male counterparts. She can be demanding and understanding at the same time — in a way that he cannot. He is seen to be aggressive; she is assertive. She persuades and encourages; he gives orders,” says a survey by leadership consulting firm Zenger Folkman (covering 45,000 women and men leaders).
But even though these facts exist, and are well read and understood, why do we still see the top management of most of the companies bereft of women executives? Isn’t that some food for thought for all of us?
Leaving that aside, when we think of the recent history, we have women like Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, etc, who occupied positions which are per se associated with male qualities of aggressiveness, detachment, controlling power etc. And today is a time when the prominent male leaders are seen to be adopting the feminine persona of being participative, being social and being flexible.
Such is the swap of time. And such is the feminization of workplaces. Are we up for it?