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Should we celebrate or ignore the differences between men and women in the workplace?

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Should we celebrate or ignore the differences between men and women in the workplace? Introduction This report is based around gender in the workplace, I intent to look at the role of men and women, identifying the differences between them, then argue whether we should celebrate or ignore these differences. I shall study management theory that relates this topic to reinforce issues raised. Firstly it is important to establish history of the workplace so any issues arising can be assessed with a deeper understanding. Men and women have obvious differences, but what actually goes on underneath the skin? I shall undertake a short investigation of this, again, just to get a deeper view of what might make men and women different in the workplace. Then the report will move onto celebrating and ignoring the differences between men and women in the workplace bringing up political, social, economical and biological issues. A conclusion will then be drawn about which is the better option based on the findings of the report. Any constraints to the choice will be documented. History of men and women in the workplace Before the First World War, it was generally unheard of that women went out to work, it was a ...read more.

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But the question still remains, do we ignore the differences or should they be recognised and celebrated. Celebrating the differences If we celebrate the differences between men and women would this mean that men and women would actually find better jobs? Although a man or woman would be suited to one type of job, would they actually want to do it? Masculine qualities are associated with words like strong, leader, powerful and successful. Whereas feminine qualities are associated with words like weak, follower, girly and pretty. If we celebrated this in the work force there would be no women in positions of power. Women would take up roles like low level teachers and nurses and men would run the business world. There would be no women in the army as women wouldn't be strong and powerful enough to do the job. It would probably mean that, with women being seen as weak, they wouldn't be allowed into parliament either. This would mean that men would run the country without having a woman's side represented apart from the vote. Women have a maternal instinct, something that biologically cannot be helped when a woman bears children. ...read more.

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The Equal Opportunities Commission web site have many more statistics that reflect this result as well. (Appendix 1.2) With statistics like this it's hard not to assume that men have more power in the workplace than women do. Conclusion Celebrating the differences between men and women may suit some people that are happy to be treated unequally from the opposite sex, but this is not acceptable for most people. Celebrating the differences between men and women leads to discrimination in the workplace, when differences are ignored in the workplace it paves the way for a more equal environment. There are some problems with ignoring the differences, like human capital, but overall it is a better direction to move towards equality in the workplace. There are measures that could be taken to conquer the issue of human capital, the offer of the same maternity leave for men and women would be a good start. It would allow a couple to choose which one would go back to work sooner and would allow men to become house husbands. It would also make it less of a taboo subject encouraging more men that it is all right for them to stay at home and run the house while the woman is the financial supporter. 1 ...read more.

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