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This is a question I ask on one of my women and leadership courses and I am REALLY interested to hear what you all think.

We all work in a world in a world designed primarily for men and it works well for men. (No blame, just historical fact).  

If you could change one thing about your working world to make it more female focused and equal what would it be?

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      Rebecca Deos wrote Apr 14, 2009
    • I like it the way it is. Women are in charge, we just let the guys think they are.




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      Tuliplady wrote Apr 14, 2009
    • I really don’t have issues with the way it is.  Maybe I’ve just been lucky everywhere I’ve worked, but I’ve never noticed that any workplace is male focused.




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      Ms-kay wrote Apr 14, 2009
    • Have the men do what they consider to be “woman’s work“.




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      Jane Woods wrote Apr 14, 2009
    • Yes, you have, lucky you. In Uk there is still a lot of sexist behaviour but it is not overt The stats tell a different story....
      Almost 47% of the UK workforce is female
      56.6% of all first degrees are achieved by women
      80% of all consumer buying decisions are made by women
      21.2% of local government chief executives are women
      18.7% of all judges are women
      9% of police officers ranked as chief constable, deputy chief constable or assistant chief are women
      50% of women working in low paid jobs are working beneath their potential
      Information supplied by Opportunity Now, part of Business in the Community  

      I have worked in organisations which had their roots in feudal Britain (local government) and I mean that genuinely. Consider the hours we work, the way workplaces are constructed etc, lack of childcare or even paternity leave. In Scandinavia they are far more advanced than we with both parents being able to choose to take time off etc.  

       I get some fascinating answers when I’m training!




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      Deanna Moon wrote Apr 14, 2009
    • I work in a state run house with MR/DD adult/senior Male clients.  The male staff sit on their butts with the clients and watch TV, read the paper, play games, talk on their cell phone, or sleep, while the female staff do everything.  Try doing 10 loads of laundry per day, cooking, cleaning, wiping butts, etc..Love to see the men have to do it all like we do. I wanna sit on my butt for a change and watch the men work, like they do to us.  What really makes me mad is if we Females complain about how unfair our working relationships are with our male coworkers, us females get told that we aren’t team players, it really sucks!  Unfortunately it is definitely a man’s world still, with double standards, but we‘re coming up, so watch out boys, things will change..eventually




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      Bluerose wrote Apr 14, 2009
    • What would I like to change?  That the people in my company get promoted based on a proven performance record.  My boss tends to hire white males into key management positions.  The president of our company even admitted that it’s good to be a white male in our company.  (He was trying to prove the point that he’s aware of our ethnic/gender situation and was going to try to change it.)  The problem is with the 401k situation is today, the old white males aren’t retiring!  Which means there will be very little turn over in the near future.  So whatever the well-meaning president is trying to implement, it will be painfully slow.  In the meantime, my boss will continue in his ways.




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      Mztracy wrote Apr 14, 2009
    • I worked in a male oriented company, but let them know...I was woman and they heard me roar!! lol




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      Polly W wrote Apr 14, 2009
    • My entire work environment at the present time is almost all female focused—not many men running the show, or even part of it. It isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, but it’s not all bad either.




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      Denise Herich wrote Apr 14, 2009
    • truly equal pay for equal work




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      Fraz764 wrote Apr 15, 2009
    • Corporate dress codes. They were originally developed from a male perspective. Don’t get me wrong, there needs to be a policy, but for most organizations they need to be revamped.




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      Angelcart wrote Apr 15, 2009
    • From my work experience I have always preferred men as my boss over a woman.  When I had women bosses they weren’t very understanding about having to leave early because my kid had a Dr’s appt.  I’ve had some extremely caddy women bosses.  Plus women over the years I’ve worked with can really be bigtime “back stabbers“.

      I would like to see equal pay as well.




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      Mjmurphy wrote Apr 15, 2009
    • Focus on performance over self promotion. As stated here, women do all the work while men self promote themselves into positions.




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