Communication Differences between Men and Women in the Workplace

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Introduction Men and women will never be the same when it comes to both emotional and physical aspects. So, why is it that people are surprised when men and women have trouble communicating? God gave Eve to Adam for companionship. Their differences are what make them a complete pair.
Most everyone in today’s society is familiar with the book, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. The author, John Gray, has written many books about the differences men and women face during everyday life. The book, Mars and Venus in the Workplace, is the ninth book in his Mars/Venus theme that he began writing in 1993. In this book, Grey informs his audience that men and women communicate with different styles. Grey also acknowledges that
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The strengths that men possess are that they are goal oriented, good at problem solving, and are responsive to challenges. Women’s strengths are that they are detail oriented, good at teamwork and collaboration, and they bring a balance of harmony and nurturance, serenity, creativity and vision to the team. When all these elements are combined, it makes the team stronger and more able to accomplish goals.

Women as Supervisors In society today, women are taking on equal or higher ranking positions than men. Women tend to emphasize equality when communicating with coworkers and those that they supervise. When a female supervisor tries to befriend a male subordinate, she tends to lose valuable supervisory power. She may find that the men she supervises do not listen, listen to another male supervisor instead, or even give up on her orders. Another mistake that a female supervisor can make is by not establishing a “pecking order”. By failing to do this, the man is likely to try and “take over” her position. A conflict will then occur as to whom is actually in charge. According to Gary Vikesland, author of “Communication 101”, women who find their power in criticizing the man’s work and not the man, who assumes the role as the expert, and accepts negative feedback and communication from the workers are following the “coaching style” to determine the “pecking order”.

Common Misconceptions between Men and Women In

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