Competition in the Work Place

Equality in the Workplace

Competition Question and Answers

Women’s clothing; Are her looks an influence in being hired? Will her qualifications go up, because of her looks?

Of course there is a natural tendency in a woman wanting to look appealing. This could be a two-sided coin. If the housing resource person hiring is male, it could benefit her, and if it is a woman it would probably be overlooked, or looked at with jealousy. Her qualifications could match John Doe’s but depending on who is hiring it could be her ticket in, or ticket out. That’s why most fashion consultants suggest women applying for a job wear something neat and sensible, and something that can be converted to an appealing look for a dinner meeting. A suit, with a pretty shell top underneath, and the jacket can be worn after work for evening meals out or parties.

Do men have natural tendencies to be more brash and outgoing? Are they given more serious projects because they are expected to be competitive and get what they want?

Women’s competitive ways can be more discreet hidden by her beauty and sweet smile. That might actually give her a special in for an important project.

Then again, women can be very nurturing and caring in a turbulent meeting where opinions clash terribly, or where the boss may feel she can smooth the pathway for a group that can’t agree on a subject.

Do men speak a different language than women, problem or asset?

A man can be assertive and considered a good business man whereas the woman can be assertive and be called a bitch. What’s the difference, and is it unfair?

Men speak directly and to the point, whereas women seem to express feelings more, but women have learned to bypass their natural instinct and have become very professional.

Men’s body language changes at meetings, or confronted face to face. They seem less attentive, pace, walk to the window, or look through the papers at their meeting.


Women are more direct and seem to focus on the individual, agreeing or disagreeing mid-conversation, and eye contact is more frequently seen. Women seem more diverse in conversations, since they are more talkative in general.

They wouldn’t want to be cold and aloof, again falling into that ‘bitch’ category. Personal information is shared more easily, and they speak about their experiences in life, right down to their homes and husbands.

Men seem to be straight and to the point. They would rather talk about current events or sports when interacting with fellow employees.

Both have their pluses.

Women of child bearing age, are they considered as good of a risk, compared to a man who won’t be taking off on pregnancy leave?

Times are changing, now men tend to take off time just like women for their new family member coming into the world. One can figure about two weeks for a man, and about eight weeks for a woman. In a crucial situation where work is fast past and changing weekly, an employer would have to consider having someone experienced enough to cover the female specialized worker.

There are sick leaves due to children’s childhood diseases and not staying late due to their children’s after school activities.

Although it still continues to prevail, where women will tend to take more time off for their family while men will work longer hours. Some stereotype labels haven’t changed in many years, and probably won’t for a long time.

Are men at a disadvantage with a female employer or manager?

I totally disagree about a woman employer being difficult to get along with. I think women have to be more guarded than men so they are not labeled a bitch in the workplace. I also believe they have to work much harder to get into a position of executive or boss.

I do agree a woman’s emotions may play into her work environment, but I think most women are creative enough to use their feelings in a positive way.

Do you think a female boss, or executive likes physically attractive well dressed men around her?

It's a given; men and women share physical attractions, but a good employee is business first, and some places don't allow employees to date each other. That seems a bit radical since that is where you spend the majority of your day, and you will meet more people at work than outside the workplace. Sometimes the business will switch the employees departments where they work, and keep both on the payroll.

A well working business and their employees tend to put their professionalism first and then their feelings. It is a good rule to follow, and think of the workplace as a business, a place to succeed, and the competition will be kept at a minimum.

Copyright/All Rights Reserved B. A. Williams

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