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1773 days ago
Authority at work benefits men more than women

1773 days ago
Authority at work benefits men more than women

Men benefit from having authority in the workplace more so than women, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. The findings appear in PsychCentral in March, 2013.

The study expands on this observation and explores how the benefits of authority are not evenly distributed for women and men.

In the study the researchers measured a range of work conditions using data from the Canadian Work, Stress, and Health Study (CAN-WSH), a large national survey of Canadian workers.

The findings show that the association between managerial authority and job autonomy is stronger among men compared to women. In other words, men who achieve higher levels of structural power are more likely to perceive their jobs as more autonomous and influential.

When research participants shared the same high level of authority in the workplace, men were more likely than women to feel they had decision-making freedom and greater influence about what happens on the job.

The authors of the study believe that their findings show that even when women attain greater authority at work, the structural features of power remain male-dominated.

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