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10 Psychological Differences of Women in the Workplace

Understanding the psyche of women in the workplace can facilitate greater ease of communication, employee satisfaction and conflict avoidance.

Below are 10 telling psychological differences of how women operate in the workplace.

1. Women are holistic problem solvers.

Women hone in on the bigger picture and ignore the “fluff” or extraneous conflict. They have an innate ability to see and understand all the working parts of a problem or situation without needing much explanation.

2. They are great leaders and team players.

Women are generally viewed as more supportive and encouraging, making them both productive leaders and team players.

Compassion allows women to be exceptional at team-building and fostering workplace harmony.

3. Women willingly give credit, where credit is due.

When a goal is achieved or major success accomplished, women are quick to attribute praise toward their team or extraneous factors — anything but themselves.

The downfall is women are less likely to embrace their own competence and can thus impede others’ confidence in their abilities.

4. They use persuasion differently than men.

While men are better at aggressive persuasion, women are more subtle. They assess the root of others’ needs more quickly and thus respond (and persuade) appropriately.

5. They ask for more challenges.

Women are significantly more likely than their male counterparts to request new challenges, yet less likely to ask for a raise or promotion.

While they are keen to take on greater responsibilities, they lack some confidence in negotiations, specifically in regards to compensation.

6. Women prioritize honesty and expect the same from others.

Women value honesty in others, as much as they do themselves. Even when it comes to small things like playing “hooky” or taking an extra sick day, women are intensely honest.

7. They are more “politically correct.”

In comparison to men, women are less brash and more inclined to use supportive, productive language, rather than playful banter or “trash talk.”

8. They ask for help when they need it.

Women are equally as likely to seek guidance in difficult situations, as they are to collaborate on simple, straight-forward tasks. A high appreciation for collaboration is also what makes women successful leaders and team players.

9. Women are process-oriented.

Women are driven by the processes and incremental goals leading up to the final result, where men are more focused on the result. Women appreciate the journey more than achieving a target.

10. They like to collaborate.

Women are less authoritarian and value collaboration and brainstorming. Sometimes their need to externally seek input can be seen as a weakness or incompetence, so it’s important they also maintain autonomy on certain issues.

Bottom Line

Women and men react, interact and perform differently in the workplace, yet together their differentiating traits brings immense value to employers.

Gender parity still exists in the workforce; employers can help by:

  • Empowering their employees to capitalize on their strengths, rather than focus on their “weaknesses.”
  • Encouraging team members to make up for one another’s shortcomings, to become a more effective whole.
  • Stop treating women like women and level the playing field

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10 Psychological Differences of Women in the Workplace
It’s no surprise men and women operate differently in the workplace. In this article, discover some of the most telling psychological differences that make women unique in business.

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