It certainly makes for a compelling title, yet when I read on, what I hear is that people responded poorly to a woman making a “joke” that essentially reiterated that same old thinking that women are not as smart or capable as men and that married women have to “ask their husbands” about everything they do.
To me, that’s not at all surprising. I’d have to see the rest of the questions and more detail about the research design to believe that this headline is really accurate.
The importance of women in management positions can hardly be ignored. When studies began to show that women “tend to drop off the leadership track about 7-10 years into their careers,” several companies began to find a way to change that. Working with their current female employees to create meaningful and productive opportunities to grow within the companies, they focused on both growth during the programs, but also retainment after the programs had been completed.
Every smart leader today understands the value of a highly trained and skilled workforce that can deliver a significant competitive advantage to the organization. Many traditional organizations too often focus only on younger workers, not understanding that the value mature workers bring is more important than ever.
Mature workers bring experience, industry and company-specific knowledge, as well as a highly developed professional network. They can be among the workforce’s most experienced, skillful and reliable contributors. However, many leaders don’t truly appreciate older workers’ value and, . . .
This is interesting although discouraging data, but likely not surprising to many. What has been your experience been like?
I’d love to hear about exceptions to this, and, the reasons you think they have occurred.