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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Registered: 10-10-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 4:16pm
But a boss is not really interested in getting in depth with how anyone's personal time has different demands than their own. While if it is something that can't be avoided (an illness of a worker or a worker's family, etc), they are not there to worry if they should ask you to stay a few more hours because you need to do your laundry.
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Registered: 10-10-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 4:10pm
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?
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 4:09pm

I didn't say he's a bad boss; I said he doesn't always understand that my personal time has different demands on it than his does. He envisions my time off more like his...which it isn't, partly because the stuff I have to do when I get home isn't something he has to think about. 

He also doesn't have a SAHW...just one who works less than he does. 


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Registered: 10-10-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 4:06pm
I do consider myself VERY blessed for my work schedule. Also for my dh's who is able to run many errands, do housework and cook dinner for us. I am aware that others don't have that type of job though. I have friends who work those hours and at one time, my dh was working 60 hours a week. Their bosses can't make it their priority to worry about their errands though.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 4:04pm

cruisingchick20111 wrote:
"Crying at work is something both men and women do, though not equally. Women cry, on average, four times as often as men—according to University of Minnesota neurologist William Frey, an average of 5.3 times per month, compared with 1.4 times for men. This isn't just a function of cultural training—women actually produce far more prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production that also controls the neurotransmitter receptors in our tear glands. Women’s tear ducts are also anatomically different from male tear ducts, resulting in a larger volume of tears. A propensity to cry is, in part, biologically driven."

Wow.  I haven't cried in about seven years.  I must be some sort of biological wonder.  But aside from that, isn't there a difference between crying and crying in public.  As I said, I have only seen two colleagues break down in tears in public in my current position.  One man, one woman.  Neither of them came off as particularly professional during the outburst.

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Registered: 05-13-2009
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 4:03pm

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.

As a manager, I do worry about what my employees need to do outside of work. Achieving work-life balance makes the employee more productive, IME. My team is highly professional and not easily replaceble and I would never treat them as commodity laborers.

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Registered: 11-14-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 4:01pm
Well, if those are the choices that you have, then you should consider yourself lucky.
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Registered: 10-10-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:56pm
Nope, I work 37.5 hours and never said I did work 70+ hours but if I did, I can't blame my boss for my housework and errands not being able to get done. I chose that job (70 + hours) and if I didn't think I could handle the excess hours and my outside life, I would have to find another job.
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Registered: 11-14-2011
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:55pm
Why are you posting quotes about women crying? Is this relevent to the debate?
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:54pm
Do you work 70+ hours a week, on a regular basis?

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