It’s not intentional, nor malicious. It’s a fact. Workplaces DO work better for men. Here are just a few reasons why:
1. Organisations were built by men for men during the Industrial Revolution and have changed little since then. They are shaped like a pyramid, with fewer positions at the top. Positions are won by competing with others and being seen as better than them.
2. Men have an inherent advantage within hierarchical organisational structures because they are better at playing and winning competitions. They know how to:
– Brag and self-promote
– Communicate as an authority and use direct and decisive language
– Manage politics to their advantage
– Network to find allies, information and opportunities
– Stay emotionally detached, focused on the goal and not take things personally
– Get the visibility required to be noticed.
3. Men’s careers are more linear than women’s and fit within expected organisational structures and paths. Men are also assumed to be more committed to their careers.
4. There are more men at the top than women and people recruit in their image. It’s easier for men to build mateship and camaraderie with other men because they share experiences, expectations and ways of relating.