Article | Stereotypes at work are bad, especially for women

“Seriously, you needed a report to know this?”

When women are aware of negative gender stereotyping in the workplace, it actually means that they end up being less competent, says Harriet Minter.

This month, in “Seriously, you needed a report to know this?” news, the Harvard Business Review has announced that women are more stressed at work than men.

This month, in “Seriously, you needed a report to know this?” news, the Harvard Business Review has announced that women are more stressed at work than men. And, in case that hasn’t bumped your stress levels up enough notches, it turns out the reason we’re so stressed is because we’re busy worrying about all the ways being a woman makes life hard for us.

Researchers Andrea Kramer and Alton Harris have released a report showing that women are suffering from something called “stereotype threat”. This psychological phenomenon occurs when we hear a particular belief about ourselves and then live up to it. For example, when, prior to taking a maths test, girls are told that boys are better at maths than them, they will underperform in the test regardless of their actual ability. It’s a merry-go-round of self-doubt and recrimination – we’re so busy worrying that the stereotype might be true that we can’t give our full attention to the task at hand, we underperform and the stereotype lives on.

 

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