Do women or men make better bosses?

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Do women or men make better bosses?
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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 4:10pm

I realize you can't generalize when it comes to gender, you can find good and bad in both of them.  I was just curious what everyone's experiences have been when it comes to management, if you've have a better experience with a man versus a woman.   

In your experience, who have been the better bosses?  Did your experiences differ when it came to the position you were in, the career path you were on, or whether you had children at the time or were childless?  

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 6:23pm
You define manly, While you're at it please explain what you meant by emotional boss.. It makes no sense to ask somebody else to define those words then slam those meanings without defining them yourself. And you're in management, right? Thanks in advance.

 

 

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 6:17pm

cruisingchick20111 wrote:
I am surprised that if you were one of one of the companies in your industry that got hit hard by the recession, that you would still have so much work that your hours have not cut down yet Lauren.

Basic math, G-money. If she's doing the work of two people, 70-80hrs a week would be about right. 70 would be 35 hrs/wk for each person. The company is still saving money by not paying benefits, unemployment, etc for the second person. Why on earth does that surprise you in this economy?

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 6:11pm
Yes Geschichtgal, occasionally. We were talking about an every week thing.
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 6:09pm
I am surprised that if you were one of one of the companies in your industry that got hit hard by the recession, that you would still have so much work that your hours have not cut down yet Lauren.
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 5:54pm

cruisingchick20111 wrote:
Yes Jam I agree, bosses jobs are not supposed to worry about what you need to do outside of work but to make sure the work is getting done for that job.

Wrong. Good bosses understand that you aren't just their employee, that you may have other things going on outside of your job. Bosses who get that increase productivity and loyalty.

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 5:52pm
No, he's a bad boss b/c he doesn't realize or respect that she has a life outside of her job, Jam.

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 5:46pm

DH has had completely moronic bosses w/SAH spouses. Having said that, I hear (usually from his work wives) that he is well liked as a boss b/c he is a genuinely nice person. And knowing him--I believe that. So hopefully having a SAHW hasn't made him a spoiled moron.

The worst boss I ever had was a female. She was simply evil. But the best boss I ever had was also a female. So I'm not sure plumbing defines capability, I think it is far more dependent on personality and management skills. 

In one of my volunteer roles, I manage a team of 20 volunteers. While I'm not paid to do it, I still manage 20 people. And I've had to let volunteers go who weren't doing their jobs. I think my team would tell you that I'm fair w/zero BS threshold. Which is also what my kids would tell you about my parenting... 

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 5:12pm

<So your boss(es) never give you assignments that you might have to give to employees that have a deadline over the work they normally do in a week?>

It is rare, because we plan for everything. I work with development, marketing, sales to understand the business plans and staffing needs throughout the year. The fewer peaks and valleys in our workload, the better planning we did.

< I work in a fast paced job and have things that come up that are not on my normal work day "plate". My bosses management skills do not "suck" because of this.>

I disagree.

<We are driven by the media and customers and there are a lot of rushes to be done almost everyday.>

Customers drive my business, too, but marketing and sales have the responsibility for driving the sales plays, and my job is to analyse the plays and plan for them. Chaos is not a good strategy.

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 5:11pm

  I could not imagine working 80 hour weeks.   The most I have ever worked is 50 and that has only happened a few times.  Working 80 there would be very little time for anything else.

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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 5:09pm

cruisingchick20111 wrote:
Chest--So if your boss had an assignment that you need to give to your employees, will you tell him/her that they can't do it because they didn't get their food shopping done that week?

I often take the day off after I go to a professional conference, so that I can do laundry.  I believe I've mentioned this to my boss that that's the reason I'm taking off.  

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