Workers prefer male bosses

27-07-2006

It seems that women are no longer sticking together – in the workplace at least – with new research revealing that women would prefer to work for a male boss than a female boss.

The survey by media company Vault found that 28 per cent of the female US workers asked would prefer a male to a female boss, compared to only nine per cent who would prefer a female boss and the rest who didn't mind.

The stereotype of the battleaxe female boss endured among men as well, with 26 per cent choosing a male boss and eight per cent choosing a female boss.

And it wasn't just bosses - women preferred male colleagues as well, with 24 per cent of those with a preference saying they preferred to work with male co-workers and only 11 per cent saying they preferred to work with other women.

The response from men was more evenly spread, with 17 per cent choosing male colleagues and 16 per cent choosing female ones.

"Despite the significant strides made towards fostering equality in the workplace, our study indicates that gender stereotypes - some of them pernicious -still persist," said co-founder and co-president of Vault, Mark Oldman.



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