Female bosses are better! Women more tolerant of staff checking Facebook or doing personal chores in office hoursWomen appreciate employees need work-life balance, study revealsMen more likely to berate staff for bringing personal issues to work
They have long been maligned for being bitchy and ruthless. But for once there is some good news about female bosses.
Women in charge are more tolerant of employees doing personal chores during work hours than male managers, research revealed today.
A study found rather than berating staff for shopping, banking and paying bills at their desks, women are more likely to appreciate the fact staff have to maintain a work-life balance.
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Horrible bosses: Men are more likely to shout at their employees for bringing their personal lives into the office, checking Facebook, shopping online or making personal calls
It also emerged female bosses are more likely to take the personal situation of staff into account when it comes to managing and reprimanding their staff.
They were revealed to be more likely to be aware of, and sympathetic to, problems people may be having in their personal life.
Men, on the other hand, are more inclined to tell employees off for letting home life get in the way of work, and admitted to having to do so on a daily basis.
The research into the attitudes of 1,000 bosses was commissioned by Vodafone.
Peter Kelly from Vodafone UK said: “What this research shows is that a cultural shift has started. For many people in the UK, the way we work is changing.
“Britain”s bosses are realising that successful businesses must focus on generating results, not on monitoring what employees do at their desks.
“It confirms that we are seeing the end of the traditional 9-5 office working pattern. A new generation of workers is coming through the ranks.
“They prefer fitting work around their lives rather than the other way around.”
Most bosses agreed the line between work and personal lives has become more blurred since staff started using smartphones and working from home.
Sympathetic: Female bosses are more likely to take the personal situation of staff into account when it comes to managing and reprimanding their staff
Seven out of ten said they think the 9-5 is slowly dying out and that flexible working is the way forward forthe benefit of their company and for their staff.
Womenbosses were more understanding of the challenges staff had in getting agood balance between their work and personal life and were less likely to expect staff to work outside of working hours unless it was really necessary.
And as long as they were on top of their work most female bosses agreed that they didn”t mind staff booking personal appointments and they were more likely than their male counterparts to tolerate personal phone calls in work hours.
Men on the other hand were more likely to discipline employees for bringing their personal life into work, and the study showed they do this at least once a day compared to women bosses who only felt they needed to tell someone off once a week.
Although men were more tolerant about staff making the odd call to their mother than women, both sexes agreed that women talk more about their personal lives in the office and were more likely to blur the lines of friends and colleagues.
Eight out of ten women bosses counted some staff as part of their friendship group.
Peter Kelly added: “Clearly Britain”s bosses are open to the “Generation Y” ways of working. However, we have still got a long way to go for businesses to realise that this change in working culture and attitudes can actually benefit them.
“For instance, we”ve seen many of our own customers who are reducing their reliance on physical office space and saving costs because employees can now work effectively from just about anywhere.
“People are comfortable working away from their desks and don”t mind doing some work in the evening or at the weekend.
“But in return, they expect bosses to cut them some slack so they can do a few personal chores, make a private phone call or check Facebook during traditional work time.
“Working smarter, not harder has become a bit of a cliche, but that”s exactly what”s needed, and the technology now exists to make this a reality.”