Yuki Noguchi is a correspondent on the NPR Business Desk in Washington, D.C. Her work ranges from economic news to content on the workplace environment and cubicle culture. Continue reading...
Studies show that subtle gender and racial biases often creep into performance evaluations. Learn how to design and fill out performance evaluations to avoid this.
Research shows that women’s reviews are more likely to contain negative feedback, and women tend to receive different types of criticism than men. Men typically receive constructive suggestions related to additional skills to develop and growth areas, whereas women are critiqued for personality: “You come off as abrasive;” “Pay attention to your tone.” Women are often described as “bossy,” “abrasive,” “strident,” and “aggressive” when they lead, or “emotional” and “irrational” when they disagree with others. The implicit message: women should conform to prescriptive stereotypes – they should be modest, self-effacing team players. One study found that, among men and women who received critical feedback, only 2% of men received negative personality criticism, but 76% of women did.
Susan Colantuono is the CEO of Leading Women, a consulting firm dedicated to closing the leadership gender gap. She is the author of No Ceiling, No Walls: What Women Haven’t Been Told About Leadership and Make the Most of Mentoring. Her work often focuses on gender dynamics, hidden gender bias, and women’s leadership development.
Speaking anxiety holds many people back from applying for jobs or promotions, sharing expertise in meetings, meeting new people, and taking advantage of opportunities in love, life, and career. The good news is that this is a solvable problem.
With more than 1,500 stage presentations under her belt, author and keynote speaker Cara Hale Alter has first-hand experience managing nervousness. She addresses the topic with warmth and humor, and offers practical, real-world solutions for bringing speaking anxiety under control.
Author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time provides insightful analysis of the modern time bind, examining the pressures and conflicting expectations faced by working parents and others with family responsibilities. This webinar examines the systemic stressors that make work/life balance unattainable, and offers practical time-management strategies for coping with these challenges.
New laws, new cases, new interpretations, and new attitudes are unsettling standard pregnancy accommodation practices.
What do employers have to do, and what should they do?
This webinar will help HR professionals, managers, and legal counsel chart a course through the tangle of state accommodation laws, the amendment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Supreme Court’s Pregnancy Discrimination Act decision in Young v. UPS, and the EEOC’s pregnancy discrimination guidance.
In addition, the presenter, Cynthia Thomas Calvert of Workforce 21C and the Center for WorkLife Law, will provide practical tips for managing pregnant workers and reducing exposure to lawsuits.
We receive more questions from WLE members about how to handle workplace conflicts between women than on any other topic. At least once a year, a study or trending article comes out about why female bosses are harder to work for, or how catty female coworkers or office Mean Girls hold women back in their careers. Coverage of this issue tends to ignore the role gender bias plays in pitting women against each other.
We'll explore the underlying sources of these conflicts, including generational differences and gender bias in organizational culture, that create complicated office politics between women. We’ll provide tips to help you spot typical patterns of conflict, with strategies for navigating complicated gender dynamics between women in a way that advances your career goals, and discuss strategies managers and organizations can use to address the underlying biases that cause conflicts between women, with tips on how to better address these conflicts when they arise.
A collection of articles from around the web.
Joan Williams, Mary Blair-Loy & Jennifer Berdahl
A new publication from WorkLife Law about the stigma applied to flexible work arrangements, and the superficial biases that lead to the failure of the modern workplace to adjust to the realities of the workforce.
Joan Williams sat down with her co-author and daughter, Rachel Dempsey, for an enlightening and charming conversation about the origins of What Works for Women at Work, the various patterns of gender bias, some invaluable and personal career advice, and what it was like working together.