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In two or three pages, explain gender and communication in the workplace. Does this have an impact on the workplace environment?

Do men and women communicate differently? Does it make a difference in the workplace? Obviously our gender and social identities is another source of our authority on our identity. These core concepts give us a perspective on our beliefs and assumptions which we use to guide us in a diverse society. Culture defines everything that makes up our way of life, including shared values, knowledge, behavior and expressions of symbolism.

During our first stages of life, the people around us choose how to talk to us based on our gender. Something as simple as a change in color can define a man as being masculine or feminine in nature (Dobkins, B. and Pace, R. 2003).  For the remaining of his life, he may be perceived as handsome based on his masculinity (p. 44).  Later on in life, most likely his gender may be considered as an important influence in his communication style. Men on the one hand tend to perceive associations as hierarchical and use talk that tends to be competitive in nature. {Of my two “handicaps”, being female put more obstacles n my path than being black}_Shirley Chisolm. Whereas women on the other hand perceive themselves as feminine perceive the social world based on support and social connections. Therefore, women tend to use conversation as a way to express intimacy as well as a support system. 

Being a woman myself, one feels that women who often view feeling of intimacy and the quest to achieve identity often affect both the way women and men express themselves and how they perceive communication. Women who exemplify skill in communication have a tendency to phrase there questioning in a coy and very clever manner. For example, poppy, do you recall taking an order for a specialty cake on a day when the baker has a scheduled day off? Whereas a male may say, poppy did you take a cake order today?  Women tend to see gestures of help with tasks as a gesture of assistance and support.  Men may view this is a gesture of insult to his competency.

According to “The impacts of shift work on employees” (Shen, J. and Dicker, B. 2008) workplace communication often contribute to low morale, personal and workplace relationships and communication in general.  Both gender and the job description contribute to the amount of stress on employees. Men and women handle complex issues in the workplace in an entirely different manner. Absenteeism is one of the major affects of poor communication in the workplace. Typically, the younger employees tend to lay out especially when high turnover rates occur. Shift work has a tendency to yield higher competitive types salaries that do not require a long term education commitment that leads to extra long work hours varying sometimes as much as seven days a week.

In short, personally men and women do have a tendency to communicate on a different level. Depending on the field of the employment, professional level of communication should be on one accord. The clear objective is to maintain a safe and healthy working environment. Unless, we learn to adhere to issues in communication consequences will always occur in the workplace.

Dobkins, B. and Pace R. (2003) Communication in a changing world. McGraw-Hill, New York

Shen, J. and  Dicker  B. (2008). The impacts of shift work on employees. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19(2), 392.  Retrieved March 20, 2009, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1436258361).

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