In the second article in their series of four essays on women at work, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant discuss why women stay quiet at work. Published Jan 12, 2015 in The New York Times, this article discusses the reality and the consequences of one implicit bias that exists in the workplace setting with regard to the sharing of ideas.

When a woman speaks in a professional setting, she walks a tightrope. Either she’s barely heard or she’s judged as too aggressive. When a man says virtually the same thing, heads nod in appreciation for his fine idea. As a result, women often decide that saying less is more.

Particularly disturbing is a study they cite wherein men who speak up receive higher performance evaluations whereas women do not. In the absence of a “Do Not Interrupt” policy, it seems like a no-win situation for women.

Here is a link to the full article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/opinion/sunday/speaking-while-female.html

The comments on the article are also interesting.

Has this happened to you? What ideas do you have for improving this phenomenon in the workplace?

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