Four decades ago, women were rarely seen in the male dominated workplace. Today, there are professional and working women in every industry. Despite this, it seems women in the workplace still face gender-related attitudes and issues that have long been ingrained. Some argue that women have arrived, others beg to differ, and both sexes complain that they have had to do the most changing to address the gender problem in the workplace.
- Just because there are more professional and working women doesn’t yet mean that they have arrived, or that attitudes toward them have changed.
- Attitudes drive behavior, and attitudes are not all that plastic or flexible. In spite of everything, they’re tough to change.
- Actually, it is vital for both sexes to understand each other. Both will benefit from the knowledge of gender communication style differences and how they affect the way the sexes are perceived.
“Old attitudes are pretty firmly entrenched and still lurking in the hallway and evident in the Monday morning staff meeting. Some attitudes are subtle and others not so subtle.”