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    Men are afraid to mentor women after #MeToo and it hurts us all: study

    Men are afraid to mentor women after #MeToo and it hurts us all: study
    By Rob Bailey-Millado May 17, 2019 | 10:19am | Updated

    Men are scared of women now.

    LeanIn.org and SurveyMonkey’s new #MentorHer poll reveals Friday that 60% of male managers report feeling “too nervous” about being accused of harassment to interact with women in “common workplace” activities such as mentoring, socializing and one-on-one meetings.

    That’s a 32% spike from 2018, with an additional 36% of men saying they now actively avoid women in junior-level positions — effectively chopping down their shot at climbing the corporate ladder.

    “The vast majority of managers and senior leaders are men,” says Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, SurveyMonkey board member and founder of LeanIn.Org, in a statement. “If they are reluctant even to meet one-on-one with women, there’s no way women can get an equal shot at proving themselves.”

    Widening the gender gap is actually an abuse of power, she says.

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    “We’re in a bad place — no one’s ever gotten promoted without a one-on-one meeting, I feel confident in saying that,” Sandberg tells “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King Friday. “Senior men right now are nine times more hesitant to travel with a woman and six times more likely to hesitate to have a work dinner.”

    Women — and especially women of color — don’t get the same amount of mentoring as men, “which means we’re not getting an equal seat at the table,” Sandberg says. “It’s not enough to not harass us, you need to not ignore us, either.”

    The study reports that the fear factor grew in concurrence with the rise of the massive #MeToo social media movement founded by activist Tarana Burke and fueled by a torrent of models and actresses accusing Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby of sexual harassment and assault.

    In the last three years, scores of women — and some high-profile men, such as actors Terry Crews and Anthony Rapp — came forward to voice their experiences with harassment by people in positions of power.

    Now Sandberg says it’s time for men to “step up” and “redefine what it means to be a good guy at work” — before it costs us all a whole lot of cold hard cash.

    “There’s not a company in the world that can afford to leave talent on the sidelines because it’s female,” she says. “But that’s what will keep happening unless all of us — especially men — commit to doing better.”
    This was predictable.

    The problem with the #Metoo era is that it is impossible to prove a negative. If the claim is made, there is virtually no way to dispute it short of being confined, hospitalized, or out of the country during the time period.

    The stakes are very high. Even if most work colleagues don't believe the claim, there is often the feeling that something must have happened. Talk gets around whether it true or not. Even if the claim is investigated fairly and dismissed, a man's promotional potential will probably be damaged.

    Business will find a way around this eventually. Business travel doesn't have to be coed. Lunches and dinners are usually fun and informative but they aren't necessary. Face-to-face mentoring feels natural since a relationship is being built but that relationship isn't really required. The same information can be conveyed in other ways.

    Performance will trump all other considerations. The workplace will become more competitive and much less fun. Late bloomers will just have to resign themselves to a career of playing second fiddle (at that company, at least) without senior leadership giving them the time to shine.

    It will be an adjustment but things will go on. We didn't always do work the way we do it today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    This was predictable.
    Been saying this for a while. Why would a man take the risk...…….

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