Changing Attitudes about the Workplace

According to a new Gallup survey, most Americans no longer care about the gender of their supervisor at work.  However, there’s a curveball in the data —

  • Women are more likely than men to prefer a male supervisor, and less likely to say that gender makes no difference

Some 55% of men and 44% of women say that the supervisor’s gender makes no difference to them.

Even more striking, the poll was conducted in early November, after a number of the harrassment cases had made the news.

Historically, most workers preferred male bosses. That’s simply not true anymore. Male bosses started to fall out of favor in the late 1970s.

Moral: Change takes patience, but it does eventually occur.





  1. So interesting. I’ve always reported to female bosses. But those women reported to men. Based on what they’ve told me, male superiors can more frustrating to work with–spontaneous decision making, lack of compassion, sub-par communication skills, among other traits. I’ve found my female superiors to be more empathetic, easy to communicate with, but not afraid to make tough decisions. I wouldn’t be opposed to reporting to a male boss, but I think I would begin that working relationship with my guard up. Thanks for the insight, Victor!


    • I’ve had mixed experiences, but then I believe that personality traits are learned, not genetic. Each person can have a mix of “male” and “female” characteristics, each of which can show through at different times. I’ve met very intelligent, insightful and compassionate people of both sexes, and abusers of both sexes.


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