Gender Communication in the Workplace

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Gender Communication in the Workplace

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This research paper focuses on the gender differences at work and their communication styles. It discusses the manner in which men and women take in communicating to others. It is viewed that men are no longer the power house of communication. Research will indicates that in group settings, not one gender type dominates the conversation, but the one who shows leadership is determined to have power. In addition, studies indicate that men are less intuitive than women because women express nonverbal communication with great sensitivity.

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Gender Communication in the Workplace
Recent research has centered its attention on the difference between the way men and women communicate in the workplace. Tannen (1994) analyzes how women's and men's methods of communication at work affects "who gets heard, who gets credit, and what gets work done". Tannen's (1994) research focuses on apologies, indirectness, authority and status. Tannen (1994) emphasizes that the way people talk influences who gets the power. "The ability to influence others, to be listened to, to get your way rather than having to do what others want" defines power (Tannen, 1994). Tannen (1994) suggests that to learn more about gender communication in the workplace is to acquire power.

A 1994 study "Gender and workplace dispute resolution: A conceptual and theoretical model" which was published in the Law and Society Review contends that the manner in which workplace disputes are settled repeatedly reinforces the disparity that often causes their occurrence in the first place (Gwartney-Gibbs and Lach, 1994). This finding reinforces Tannen's (1994) observation that to know how power is planned and verbalized is to more easily obtain it and learn how to control it. Gwartney-Gibbs and Lach's (1994)...
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