Organisational Behaviour Gender and Communication Essay

1568 Words Nov 14th, 2010 7 Pages
Business Communication


Organisational Behaviour

- Why men and women are sometimes frustrated with each other’s communication behaviours -


02.02.2009 Every race, culture, civilization, and society on this planet shares two basic things in common: the presence of two genders, and the need to communicate between these two. The recent decades, media research has devoted a lot of time and attention to the communicational differences between male and female. Several studies note that both genders communicate differently. First, a definition of the words communication and gender. The Webster dictionary defines gender as the “Sexual identity, especially in relation to society or culture. The condition
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In fact, men tend to interrupt more often and ask less questions. Impassive expression is seen as cold and disapproving by women, while men consider it as attentive and businesslike. Women prefer personal talk that seeks, men prefer impersonal talk that excludes emotions. Tannen asserts that the basic uses of conversation by women are to establish and support intimacy, while for men it is to acquire status. These styles and motives for communicating represent different cultural upbringings, and one is not necessarily better than the other.

Tannen provided evidence that men and women in the working environment are not evaluated according to professional competences, success and undoubted abilities, but according to gender stereotypes. Men and women not matching these role expectations are out-of-favour. So a woman who refuses to conclude a duty of a male college is considered as dominant with a ”pseudo male“ behaviour. In many different contexts Tannen detected that on the one hand men consider it appropriate to indicate their authority and take care not to displease superordinates. On the other hand women show a tendency to minimize their authority and avoid to offend subordinates. This may explain why men prefer a direct and confrontational communication style while women rather communicate indirectly and avoid confrontations. But the style of

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