This might upset many women but research shows that female employees who want to succeed in the workplace should keep their mouths shut. Of course, I don’t agree with that research. I champion women and want them to have a strong voice that is heard. However, I do think that women should practice getting their important points across quickly, and with less fluff. The more you drone on the more likely it is that people are tuning you out.
Research done at Yale University suggests that women who talk too much in the office are seen as less competent than their quieter peers. For men however, the more often they voice their opinions the better they are seen at doing their jobs.
The research involved asking 156 people to read an article about a fictional chief executive. The executive was described as either a talkative man, quiet man, talkative woman or quiet woman and the respondents were asked to rate how competent they were on a seven point scale.
Chatty women got just 4.83 versus 5.62 if they were more quiet.
Relationships expert Jean Hannah Edelstein said the findings showed there were still ‘idiotic, negative associations with women who are outspoken as being “nags”.’
She said: ‘The problem seems to be a sexist assumption that women who are talkative are somehow bossy in a negative way.
‘Perhaps because people expect women to blend into the background – which is, of course, a guaranteed way for them not to advance in their careers.
‘Maybe the findings here are less about whether women talk more or less at work and more about an overarching lack of respect for women in leadership positions.
‘My advice to any woman who feels like she’s been judged for talking too much is to keep talking, but make sure what you are saying is relevant and keep it short.
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