Therese Houston established her book How women decide On the premise: “Is a woman’s attempt to make a difficult reading, a decision with serious risk, different from a man’s? I found that when a man is faced with a difficult decision, he should only think about making a judgment, but when a woman is facing a difficult decision, she should Receiving judgment and also navigating the judgment. “
Houston says we do not often understand that we are considering a woman’s decision more than a man’s decision; It can be difficult to notice that there are very few scenarios where all the factors except gender are the same. Life is not a great lab setting.
But she goes on to cite a fairly recent example that does provide a clear picture of how we judge men and women’s decisions differently.
In 2013, the new Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, made headlines about changing Yahoo’s home work policy. Yahoo announced that employees could no longer work full time, and the press imposed on Mayer. The two guesses and criticism continued for at least two years. Makes sense in light of Yahoo’s technological workforce and it will hurt women.
I remember this decision and also my surprise about it. I do not remember hearing anything about when Best Buy CEO Hubert Julie made the same decision about a week later. Houston writes, “When he finished Best Buy’s generous work policy, business journalists obediently picked up the story, but his announcement It did not provoke a public outcry like Mayer. “
Here’s what’s interesting about the gap in the comments. You might think Meyer’s decision was questionable because she was so new to the job; She had been hired as CEO only about six months earlier. But Julie had been in the position for about the same period of time.
More interestingly: Meyer’s decision, for all its headlines, affected only about two hundred employees (out of about 10,000 Yahoo.) Julie’s decision changed the lives of nearly four thousand corporation workers who often worked from home. Meyer’s smaller impact was bigger news. Why?
Houston thinks this tendency is to rely on men’s decisions and second guess that decisions made by women may even explain some of the gaps in recruiting women for level C positions. She says maybe we trust men more to make the hard decisions.
Of the top five hundred companies in the United States and the largest in the United Kingdom, the percentage of directors is the same – only 15 percent. Then there’s what Houston calls the John Stats. When looking at the S&P 1500, there are more male CEOs named John than CEOs by any name.
I know – it’s not working for me either. But maybe we have gently conditioned for most of our lives to believe it. Is it not strange that the Americans never elected a president? Houston says she does not blame people; She is curious how popular culture might create impressions that affect us unconsciously. She wrote her book in hopes of helping us educate ourselves on our hidden biases around decision making.
In the following posts, I will talk about how decisions are made and whether there are differences between the way men and women make them.
Candice’s background includes human resources, recruitment, training and evaluation. She spent several years at a nationwide staffing company, serving employers at both beaches. Her writing on business, career, and employment has appeared in the Florida Times Union, the Jacksonville Business Journal, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and 904 Magazine, as well as several national publications and websites. Candice is often quoted in the media on local labor market and employment issues.
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