ARE MEN BETTER WORKERS THAN WOMEN 5
AreMen Better Workers than Women
AreMen Better Workers than Women
Thenature of employees’ composition is undoubtedly crucial to thesuccess and profitability of any particular entity or organization.This is especially considering that there is a direct link betweenthe productivity of individual employees and the business entity’sproductivity both in the short-term and the long-term. For a longtime, questions have been raised regarding whether there is a linkbetween the gender of an individual worker and his or herproductivity. Indeed, there have been suggestions that a particulargender makes better workers than the other.
Claim:While there may be different opinions, it is evident that men arebetter workers than their female counterparts. This assertion is madeon the basis of varied assumptions. First, it is assumed that thewomen and men are working within the same business entity. Further,it is assumed that they have similar educational capabilities and IQlevels, as well as physical abilities.
Evidence:A woman’s life is characterized by a number of biological processestop of which is menstruation.
Warrants:The menstruation cycle through which women undergo always makes themsubject to different moods at different times. This means that theirinput and output at work is determined by biological processes ratherthan the requirements of particular tasks. Indeed, the mood swingsmakes them increasingly unpredictable and inconsistent, not only interms of their output but also with regard to their behavior andrelationship towards fellow workers and superiors. Such mood swingsimply that it would be difficult to determine what to expect fromthem, which therefore affects the overall output. Testament to thisis the research that has shown that a large proportion of women wouldprefer to have male bosses than female ones. While this may beattributable to jealousy among the womenfolk, it would also rendercredence to the belief that men are better at being in the higherechelons of power than their female counterparts as they not onlyappeal to their male companions but also female counterparts(Blakemoreet al, 2008).Indeed, it means that men are better at enhancing the organizationalcohesion and cooperation, both in the long-term and in theshort-term.
Onthe other hand, men are deficient of these biological processes, withtheir performance being primarily determined by their testosteronelevels. This makes their output more or less consistent, not onlyover a period of time but also across different people. This meansthat they would be willing to work with any gender so as to meet theobjectives and goals of the organization (Parpart et al, 2000).Indeed, it goes without saying that this attitude speaks of immenseflexibility and capacity to adapt to any situation. Scholars havenoted that one of the most fundamental aspects of any organization isthe need to be adaptable to the current situations (Blakemoreet al, 2008).Any business environment undergoes changes, which are bound to have abearing on the competitiveness of an entity. The capacity of theorganization to change and adapt to the current situations is,therefore, crucial to the survival of the organization. This is oftentied to the adaptability of the workers to the situations at hand, anaspect that men excel better at than their female counterparts.
Asnoted earlier, this position is based on certain assumptions.Unfortunately, there are instances where these assumptions do nothold any water, in which case the assertion is bound to be challengedon varied fronts. For instance, in instances where the two gendersare working in different fields and do not have to subscribe to thesame leaders, it is evident that there are areas where women excelthan their male counterparts (Blakemoreet al, 2008).This is especially in instances where the tasks at hand require morecommunication. Indeed, research shows that women are better in tasksthat require more attentiveness and patience than their malecounterparts. These include jobs such as marketing and advertising,communication, front office, human resources and others. Their closeattention to detail is undoubtedly bound to come in handy in theaccomplishment of the organizational goals and objectives.
Blakemore,J. E. O., Berenbaum, S. A., & Liben, L. S. (2008). GenderDevelopment.Hoboken: Taylor & Francis.
Parpart, J.L., Connelly, P & Barriteau, E (2000). TheoreticalPerspectives on Gender and Development.IDRC.