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A Few Pointers For The 60% Of Male Managers Who Now Say They’re Uncomfortable Mentoring Women

By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Heidi Stevens reports, there is a wide spectrum of behaviors between “harassing” and “ignoring.”  Despite the survey, Stevens says she is confident that these nervous male managers can find a place to land somewhere along the middle.

Chicago Tribune

Let’s talk about that recent report finding 60% of male managers say they’re uncomfortable mentoring or working alone with women.

LeanIn.org, an advocacy group that pushes for equitable workplaces, partnered with SurveyMonkey to research what men and women are experiencing in the workplace in the #MeToo era.

Some key findings:

-Sixty percent of male managers are uncomfortable participating in a common work activity with a woman, such as mentoring, working alone or socializing together, a 32% jump from a year ago.

-Thirty-six percent of men say they’ve avoided mentoring or socializing with a woman because they were nervous about how it would look.

-Senior-level men are more hesitant to spend time with junior women than with junior men in a range of capacities. They’re 12 times more likely to hesitate to have one-on-one meetings with junior women than junior men, nine times more likely to hesitate to travel for work with junior women than junior men and six times more likely to hesitate to schedule work dinners with junior women than junior men.

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