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Male vs. Female Boss: Who Are The Best Workplace Motivators?

12 May 2015, 11:42 am EDT By Lauren Keating Tech Times
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No matter how much we love our jobs, most of us can't wait to get through the work week. And sometimes no amount of coffee can wake us up or motivate us to get our tasks done before the end of the day. But if you have a female boss, then chances are you may find that extra motivation to increase your productivity.

In the battle between a male vs. female boss, you might assume that a male boss might be a better at running the show, since males are often seen as natural born leaders. And of course we all know that females have fewer opportunities to take on these leadership roles. In fact, according to the 2014 Fortune 500 list, there are only 24 women CEOs in the Fortune 500 companies and 27 in the Fortune 1000.

But as it turns out, even though there are fewer women in management positions than their counterparts, the best workplace motivators are actually female bosses.

According to a Gallup study, employees are more likely to be engaged at work, therefore making them more motivated, if they work for a female boss. 35 percent of employees were found to feel more involved with their work, compared to 25 percent who have a male boss.

To find which sex motivates and engages their employees the best, Gallup conducted a 12-question survey that focused on elements of engagement. The results found that female bosses are more likely to cultivate successful employees.

"It does not mean that female managers are more likely to promote their associates, but it could signify that women are more apt than men to find stimulating tasks to challenge their employees, thus ensuring associates develop within their current roles and beyond," Gallup writes.

Despite the fact that only about one third of Americans reported to having a female boss, these ladies in power are more likely to build relationships with the people who work for them, encourage positivity in the workplace, set the standards clearly for the employees, provide feedback and check in more—all traits to make them the best workplace motivators.

The study also found that 41 percent of female bosses are more engaged at work themselves—no matter what their age is and if they have children—compared to only 35 percent of males. Since female managers are more engaged and this frame of mind is contagious throughout the workplace, the company is more likely to see success.

The result show that it is beneficial for more companies to hire and promote female's into management positions.

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