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The threat of stereotypes in organisations – new US findings

Have you ever felt that being a woman has impacted your evaluations? That feeling of being evaluated or treated as a woman or female employee rather then just an employee is linked to stereotype threat and a new US study reported by the Diversity and Flexibility newsletter has found that stereotyping can cause workers disengagement, self handicapping, disdain or suspicion of employer feedback.

It also impacts the performance of the worker who feels stereotyped especially in organisations where leadership is explicitly or implicitly expected to be masculine. The findings of this fascinating study explore stereotype threat and psychological and performance effects, identifies causes from task difficulty, to sexist attitudes and minority representation.

If you were wondering what the impact of being a woman in a male dominated workforce can be, you must check out this study summary.


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