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Gendered Organizational Communication

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robert rusk

on 1 August 2014

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Transcript of Gendered Organizational Communication

Stereotypes in the Workplace
Stereotypes of women
Sex object
-Defining women by their sexuality. "Sara Palin is hot", "Hillary Clinton is a lesbian".
Mother
-Subtle work discrimination. Takes care of everyone, assists, supports emotionally prepares snacks. Jobs tend to be low wage, secretary positions, they do not get taken as professional. "Pink collar jobs".
Child-
Cute but not to be taken seriously. Women can not do a job due to health risks or psychological impacts when a man is allowed to risk himself for the job. Old school military rules.
Iron maiden
- Independent professional and tough. "Bitch"

Misperceptions
there are 3
1)

Think manager think Male
Ability to lead seems to be in the masculine communication. Also women are more likely to base their career decisions on the ability to help others and when in leadership roles exceed men in collaborative communication.(1987)
2)

Communication styles dont change
They do! Building new identities, new ways of thinking, new communication skills.
3)
Careers must follow linear, full-time patterns
8+ hours, 9-5 day working your way up the ladder. usually male. Most people are challenging this routine.
Reality is both need and want to work
But is still shows that with extended time away from work, women more than men end up with pay cuts.
Gendered Patterns in the Workforce
Formal Practices
Family Medical Leave Act
- extra sick time off. (2010 same sex relationships)
Work Schedules
- 9-5 does not work for families, more time = more commitment to job.
Informal Practices
Unwelcoming environment for women
- Terminology used in sports, military, etc. may be offensive to women. And given unrewarding positions.
Informal network
- Relationships among colleagues. Golf buddies
Mentoring relationships-
women and minorities less likely to have a mentor. Men do not mentor younger women due to gossip, less serious about the job.
Glass ceiling and walls
- Invisible barrier that limits the advancement of women and minorities.(1991, barrier to movement in workpalce) Walls- female positions, pink collar jobs.
Efforts to Redress Gendered Inequality
Equal opportunity Laws
- Brown v. Board of Edu. 1954 separate but equal education. Others, Civil Rights Act 1964 and Women's Educational Equality Act 1974. But addresses individuals rights not a group.
Affirmative action policies
- Three ideas; due to discrimination remedies must apply to entire groups, preferential treatment for the legacy of discrimination, Effectiveness if remedies is judged by results not intent. Fault- chooses the qualified not the most qualified.
Quotas
- Choosing a % of women or minority to promote out of the total number of promotions regardless of qualifications.
Goals-
only different because it will not meet the goals if there are not enough qualified individuals.
Diversity training
- Bringing awareness, seminars, speakers, other training?
Equality

Chapter 10

Gendered Organizational Communication
Stereotypes of Men
Sturdy Oak
Self sufficient, never weak. Arnold, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood(Grand Torino)
Fighter
Win at all costs. Work over family, or your not fully committed. Warriors/Soldiers, commitment to duty over family. Mel Gibson(We Were Soldiers)
Breadwinner
Most common, center of family, reasin for higher wages to men
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