Are there differences between the way men and women get work done in the work place?how do differences in men and women's communication styles effect productivity at work?5 paragraph essay also...

Are there differences between the way men and women get work done in the work place?

how do differences in men and women's communication styles effect productivity at work?5 paragraph essay also mla style essay

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First, you should take these answers as pure GENERALLY SPEAKING type answers.

If it is true that women are better at "multi-tasking" then to me says men probably get more work done at a higher quality.  I've read several articles recently debunking the myth that "multi-tasking" is actually healthy and productive.  Really it just means doing more things at one time and devoting less attention to all of them.  Perhaps men have an easier time staying focused on one thing and finishing it quickly and well.

I think men tend to be less social in a work environment as well.  Even as a teacher I've noticed that the auto-shop class (largely male dominated) is far quieter on a regular basis than any hands-on classes that are full of girls.  From observation alone I've noticed that when a man is engaged in something he is enjoying and it is challenging him, he doesn't talk much while working.  Women, on the other hand, the more they are enjoying themselves, seem to socialize more.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As previous posters have stated, I'm speaking just from general observations and personal experience.  When I worked in an office setting, my coworkers were all women except for my boss. My male boss was great at  coming up with big picture ideas but sometimes failed to consider the details or all that work that would be involved in carrying the ideas.

On the other hand, working with mainly women can be quite trying!  The supervisor for all of us women in the office was extremely moody.  Everyone had to walk on eggshells around her, and she developed a martyr complex about how much she did and how much overtime she put in.  I've never observed a man in the workplace having a martyr complex.  Similarly, while we women seemed to be great at getting a lot of work done during the day, we also spent a lot of time socializing.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your question refers specifically to communication styles, and I think scarletpimpernel got it right--women in the workplace generally love to meet and talk and share and discuss.  While that may generally ensure a more complete understanding about whatever subject, it's also not as productive from the standpoint of time.  They might make up for that in being efficient, but that's certainly debatable. 

I also agree with one of the posters above who pointed out the difference between the visionary people and the detail people, men or women.  Your research can perhaps determine which gender is mostly which of these. 

I, too, am only speaking experientially (or, in research terms, anecdotally), so be sure to do the research to support or refute what we've told you.  Good luck!

kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are a number of differences in the way that men and women work in general, so there are a variety of ways that you could approach the essay.

You might discuss after doing some research the idea that women, according to some people, can multi-task better than men.  The corpus collosum is thicker in women, leading some to believe that the various portions of the brain can work together more efficiently in women than in men.  Obviously this would have some import on the way women function in the workplace.

You might also look at the way that men are driven by competition, the fact that women sometimes hold grudges longer than men, or any of the other differences between the two sexes.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have also heard/read that women are better than men at multitasking, and also at organizing information and workspace so as to be more efficient.  My experience in the workplace (and I have no science to back this up mind you, just observations) has been that female employees have tended to be more positive and creative, while men are perhaps better at troubleshooting and problem solving.

I also think that it is a little difficult to study this issue given the inherent biases and discriminations that still go on in the workplace when it comes to gender, and the glass ceiling that women sometimes bump up against.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
It really depends on the job. I think some men and women will approach tasks the same way. On the other hand, stereotypically a woman gets work done by collaboration and men by delegating. Women work together, and men divide up the task.