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Friday, 5 August 2016

Happy women's day!

According to Kaputa (2010), women are poised to become a majority in the workforce for the first time in US history. To add to this, in a study by Pepperdine University, women in top positions reported outdoing the industry average in terms of profitability and productivity. For example, Beth Mooney, CEO of KeyCorp, just became the first ever woman CEO of a top 20 US Bank (Llopis, 2011).




In fact, 2010 saw a 25 percent jump from the previous year in the number of women Fortune 500 CEOs and in the last decade, women-owned businesses nearly doubled in number, and now account for 40 percent of all US businesses (Kaputa, 2010). Also, nearly 52 percent of managerial or professional positions are now held by women, according to a Catalyst, July, 2011 report.

On that note however, Taylor (2016) has referenced that women have long been told that thinking and acting “like a man” in the workplace is the only way to get ahead and to be taken seriously. This mentality may have prevailed decades ago when women were just gaining a foothold in the professional world, but modern women have learned that career success is not just about adjusting to the male-dominated status quo (Taylor, 2016).


So in the spirit of the start of women’s month here in South Africa, we have decided to tribute this week’s blog to the strong, determined and beautiful women that play a huge part in our workforce today. We want to dedicate this post to all those women who stand up to the status quo on a daily basis while embracing what makes their female perspective unique.

To do this, we have compiled a list of just 10 of the traits that make women so successful in the workplace:
  • Women are opportunity experts, having the ability to see opportunity and give their ideas life while inspiring others to do the same.
  • Women are networking professionals, they are masters of navigation and putting their ideas to the test is their gift. They do this through networking.
  • Women communicate well and routinely outscore men on oral and written tests because they use both hemispheres of the brain-left and right-to process verbal, visual and emotional stimuli.
  • Women are inclusive, choosing inclusion over exclusivity is an inherent female strength and a powerful advantage in today’s diverse, globalised workplace.
  • Women seek to be relationship specialists, they cultivate relationships that are purposeful, genuine and meaningful and focus on growing healthy, long-lasting relationships.
  • Women are natural givers and seek to give to others but also to their communities. Women enjoy living their lives through a cause that serves the advancement and acceleration of societal needs.
  • Women read between the lines and studies show that women are much better at picking up subtle emotional messages than men are. This makes them especially attuned to body language and able to detect unspoken signals of distress, confusion and frustration.
  • Women tend to empower others and gender studies show that women tend to work together, forming a kind of committee, in order to accomplish tasks. This inclusivity helps everyone in the group succeed.
  • Women are big picture thinkers, women tend to take in multiple perspectives and consider a wide range of tangential elements when solving a problem or coming to a decision, while men’s style of problem solving is different-more linear and more narrowly focused.
  • Women are more tuned in emotionally - especially intuitive and empathetic. They use these emotionally driven strengths to be open and responsive to others’ feelings and build strong and healthy work relationships.
So to all you business savvy women out there, read this, take pride in your role as a women in your workplace and use the above to constantly grow both individually and to continually challenge the status quo to take your organisation to new heights. Most importantly, be a mentor to the other invaluable women in your life, both personally and professionally. From all of us here at Workpoints, Happy Woman’s Day!

Author



Jillian Dabbs (MCom Industrial Psychology)
Jillian is a part of our Behavioural Specialist team here at Workpoints. She is our content developer, our avid blogger as well as our party planner.




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References

Kaputa, C. (2010). The Women’s Conference Archive Site. http://www.womensconference.org/the-female-advantage/

Llopis, G (2011). 4 Skills that Give Women a Sustainable Advantage Over Men. Forbes Magazine.

Taylor, N. F. (2016). 5 Important Lessons New Female Leaders Need to Learn. Business News Daily.

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