Are Women Less Trusting Of Their Bosses And Co-Workers Than Men?

OPINION
By Billie Bowe
Caribbean News Now, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

With the increase in percentage of women making up a large part of the working population now more than ever, research is being published it seems daily and yet more are underway to understand what is contributing to this upward trend and what impact this increase is having on business performance. Not only are more women working in general, there has been a steady yet impressive increase in women in leadership.

In 2009, women held 13.5 percent of Fortune 500 executive officer positions. In 2013, that number grew to 14.6 percent. Women who now occupy seats on the boards of Fortune 500 companies perhaps has shown even more rapid growth, with 9.6 percent in reported in 1995 to 16.9 in 2013.

One can interpret from these numbers an indication that women are becoming a competitive advantage hence more companies have been prompted to become more “gender diverse” by strategically recruiting women into their organizations.

But this article is not about the strides women are making in business. Rather, this article is about another area of research conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) on trust in the workplace.

In their World Leadership Study it was discovered that women were less trusting of their bosses than men. Even more revealing was that women indicated they were also less trusting of their co-workers.

Naturally I wanted to know what was contributing to this lack of trust women were feeling in the workplace. You would think that with women assuming more leadership roles their comfort levels would be high and subsequently their level of trust. This study revealed the exact opposite.

When asked, “How much do you trust the people you work with?” men expressed higher levels of trust than women. Specifically, when it came to trusting their bosses, women were more likely to indicate that they trust their boss “not at all” (9.5%) than men (2.7%).

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