Posts Tagged Men

Well, “Mad Men” is no more.

As AMC marketed it, we have come to an “end of an era.” Or have we?

While it was only a television show, or so people try to tell me, the workplace implications resonated with so many of us in the HR/business community. Perhaps that is because, while much has changed, some things are still painfully similar.

May 18, 2015
There is a notable gender difference in terms of how the stress of personal problems contributes to the rates of reported disciplinary action addressing productivity, absenteeism and work quality, with men more than twice as likely as women to be subject to formal disciplinary action due to these issues (9.8 percent vs. 4.4 percent).
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July 10, 2013
Sex discrimination allegations have begun to morph from strip clubs to boys' clubs.  Although less explicit than strip clubs, the boys' clubs can be just as exclusionary.
What is a boys' club?  It is an invisible affinity group of men, predominantly white, who effectively control their organizations and connections to which may be critical in terms of compensation and advancement.
July 10, 2013
The recession cost men more jobs than it did women, and more women than men found new jobs during the recovery. Yet, working women remain more economically vulnerable than men and are nearly twice as likely to have high or overwhelming financial stress, concluded two organizations that study the workplace.
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July 3, 2013
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor, found unconstitutional Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had prohibited the federal government from acknowledging marriages between same-sex couples. Same-sex marriages were recognized as legal by 12 states and the District of Columbia at the time of the ruling.
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June 27, 2013

We all know that powerful women face Catch-22s.  When Donald Trump exercises control, he is in control. When Martha Stewart exercises control, she is controlling.  Same behaviors; different labels.

A lot has been written about these Catch-22s.  Less has been written on how women with power can handle them.

Here are three of the many Catch-22s women with power face and my suggestions for how to navigate them.

1. Ice Queen

May 15, 2012

Sexism is more than illegal. It is immoral and bad business.

There is more than a little bit of sexism in the roles portrayed in Mad Men.  So why are so many of us crazy about the show, even though we deplore the sexism that is part of it?

Of course, it is a TV show and not real life. And, the characters are not only psychologically interesting but also physically attractive.

March 23, 2012

The majority of law associates and attorneys of counsel” who make partner at U.S.-based law firms are white men, despite the growing presence of women and minorities within the law firm population, according to Vault/Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Law Firm diversity data released Sept. 27, 2011.

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October 26, 2011

Men in the United States—especially those in two-income families who are fathers and working 50 or more hours a week—are experiencing the kind of work/family conflict that women long have felt, according to a study, The New Male Mystique.

Researchers Ellen Galinsky, Kerstin Aumann and Kenneth Matos of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) discussed their findings during a Sept. 8, 2011, webinar. The report, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the IBM Corp., was released June 2011.

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October 25, 2011

A large number of new fathers report having managers who are supportive about work/family issues, possibly reflecting a generational shift in the attitudes of low- to mid-level managers who can empathize with the challenge of balancing work and family. Often, though, any workplace flexibility fathers enjoy is handled informally with their managers.

Those were among the findings of a study on “The New Dad” from the Boston College Center for Work & Family discussed during a Nov. 16, 2010, webcast, “Men: Forging a New Path in Work and Life.”

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May 19, 2011