Communication Differences between Men and Women in the Workplace
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 …show more content…
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”.
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