What do you think about this?
Apparently women who like to be on top aren't necessarily so hot when it comes to the workplace.
Researchers at the University of Toronto Canada say that female bosses are more painful for other females workers than male bosses. It's called the queen bee syndrome where successful women don't like to be surrounded by female competitors.
The research team studied the health and stress levels of 1800 US staffers in three situations: working for a male boss, working for a female boss and slaving for one of each sex. Those working for a woman had more trouble sleeping, difficulty focusing, depression, anxiety, headaches, neck/stomach/back pain and heartburn.
I've given a lot of thought to this topic over the years. And, as much as I really don't want to agree with it, I believe it is true.
One of my worst bosses was a male and one of my best was a female but overall, I've found women bosses to be more competitive and less likely to want to mentor female staff.
I've also managed staff for a long period of time and have often found it easier to manage male rather than female employees. For a variety of reasons. I would hate to think it was because I feared some competition though.
I've always found women in the workplace to be highly productive and committed but I think we often can be high maintenance, no matter where we sit in the hierachy. Perhaps it's because many of us have less confidence compared to some of our male counterparts. For example, from my experience, if you asked males and females to assess their own work performance, males would write their report in more glowing terms (regardless of their actual performance levels) whereas females would downplay their abilities and performance. Many men seem to come equipped with the 'I am worthy' chip and many women do not. There are many reasons for this but it often means that bosses need to communicate more, provide greater encouragement and engender confidence in female employees.
So perhaps there are some great female bosses and some who have self esteem problems and feel threatened by other competent women. And perhaps there are those who are not prepared or equipped to give their female staff the amount of nurturing and support that they need. Simply because they are too busy focusing on being more analytical and systematic and less empathetic, communicative and caring.
So, what is your view -
Are women more difficult to work for if you are a female? Do we have different expectations of our male and female bosses? What do males think, do you prefer a male or female boss?