Men are more assertive in initiating salary negotiations
How do the “Big Five” personality traits - agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, extraversion and neuroticism - contribute to salary negotiation initiation? And does the gender of your boss make a difference?
Merit-based employment practices contribute to gender pay gap
We’re all very familiar with the idea of merit pay at work, that workers get paid based on individual performance and not on other nonperformance-related factors. But could merit-based pay actually increase inequality?
Does testosterone influence success? Not much
Higher testosterone has often been linked to sporting and business success and most researchers have thought that the relationship between the hormone and success was causal. If you are blessed with the genes that drove higher levels of the stuff into the right parts of the brain you were set for life.
Not enough women and minorities apply for a job? Change the recruitment committee
Recruitment teams and strategic leaders often blame their lack of a diverse workforce on a lack of diverse applicants. A large study of recruitment data suggests a simple and efficient way of increasing diversity in applicant pools: have more diverse recruitment committees and leadership teams.
Mumpreneur (or mompreneur) success still requires conventional masculine behavior
Whilst the mumpreneur identity may enable women to participate in the business world and be recognized as ‘proper’ entrepreneurs, this success is dependent on alignment with the conventional masculine norms of entrepreneurship, such as working long hours and an ongoing dedicated commitment to the success of a business.
Gender pay gaps are even greater when there is room for salary negotiations
While much of focus on the gender pay gap has been on the corporate sector, women at nonprofit organizations earn 8.9% less than men, with the gap becoming greater when there is room for salary negotiations.
Gender differences in brain in response to midlife stress linked to fetal stress exposures
A mother’s stress during pregnancy can result in a child born depressed or clinically anxious - but that was assumed to be temporary. However, men and women whose mothers experienced stressful events during pregnancy have been found to regulate stress differently in the brain 45 years later.
Gender bias in the workplace starts with communication during recruitment
80% of jobs are communicated to people informally and these communications are often riddled with gender bias, providing a female (versus male) candidate with a less positive description of a leadership position, especially when the decision maker is more conservative.
Campaign promises more likely to be kept by governments run by women
Governments with strong female representation are more likely to deliver on campaign promises. Promises are even more likely to be kept when women in government assume leadership roles.
The market advantage of a feminine brand name
The number of syllables in a name, which syllable is stressed, and the ending sound, all convey masculine or feminine gender. People automatically associate name length, stress, and ending sound with men’s or women’s names because most people’s names follow certain rules.
Rethinking women's mental health following partner abuse
Researchers are arguing for a completely new approach to women’s mental health following intimate partner violence - one that sees a woman’s distress as a normal response, in a society where gender inequalities and biases underpin that violence.
Have more women on boards to ensure consumer safety
Boards that include women may be more responsive to a diverse set of stakeholders, including at-risk customers. Boards do not make the recall decisions, but instead they set the tone and expectations for how managers are to make these decisions.
Join our tribe
Subscribe to Dr. Bob Murray’s Today’s Research, a free weekly roundup of the latest research in a wide range of scientific disciplines. Explore leadership, strategy, culture, business and social trends, and executive health.