More Americans prefer to work for a male than a female, but new Gallup information shows that working for a female manager might be more beneficial to the employee.
There are differences between working for a man and working for a woman, and new Gallup information claims that there are major advantages to working for a woman.
In 2013, Gallup found that 35 Americans prefer working for a male boss, 23 percent prefer working for a woman and 41 percent claim they do not care. But new Gallup information shows that female managers are more engaging with their employees than their male counterparts.
Female managers are also more engaged themselves in their job than their male counterparts, Gallup claims. The Gallup report states that 41 percent of female managers are fully engaged in their job to just 35 percent of males. This disparity remains constant through age groups of managers and includes those managers who are parents of school-age children.
Among the workers surveyed for the study, 33 percent worked for a woman.
In gathering data regarding employee engagement, those who work for a female manager report greater engagement in their job than those working for men. The difference, 33 percent to 27 percent, grows for females working for females (35 percent) and drops for males working for males (25 percent.
The Gallup information comes from a 12-poiunt study that looks at specific points of engagement in work. They include questions about work expectation, performance review and employee appreciation.
For instance, in response to the statement “There is someone at work who encourages my development, Americans working for female managers were 1.26 times more likely to strongly agree than those working for males. Similarly, in response to the statement “In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress’’, employees of female managers were 1.29 times more likely to strongly agree than those who have a male boss.
Employees of female bosses were also more likely to strongly agree that “in the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.”
Out of the 12 points of engagement, the only one in which workers of male employees rated higher was in response to the statement “at work, my opinion seems to count.”
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.