Women are more collaborative – does that mean they carry a heavier load in the workplace?
A study published in Harvard Business Review last year shows that women in the workplace disproportionately carry the burden of being agents of collaboration. This is particularly true in workplaces with a relationship bias: that is, workplaces which function on personal connection, a friendly culture, urgent execution and socialized decision-making. When people in such organizations are over-stretched and working on multiple assignments, decisions are made after a series of large meetings, long email threads and lengthy discussions.
As women are recognized for being more community-oriented and collaborative in their leadership style (also known as, being a “team player”), they have a tendency to over-commit and sacrifice their own personal time/objectives for the greater good. This behavior is fed by a female tendency towards guilt, which then undermines productivity and self-fulfilment.