Employee voice, or speaking up with information intended to help one’s group, can improve performance, help teams come up with creative solutions, and avoid issues that might hold them back. But new research finds that speaking up only benefits men, and only when they speak up to offer ideas rather than point out problems. The author found that women were not helped by speaking up, regardless of whether it was about ideas or problems. Managers should make a specific effort to encourage women to speak up, taking care to show female employees that their contributions are valued. The author offers a number of ways to do that, including amplifying women’s ideas, making sure women get credit for their contributions, and making a point to call on female employees to hear their thoughts.
When you ask a question at a talk, you turn from an anonymous listener sitting in the dark to a speaker in the spotlight. The attention can be nerve-wracking. But an insightful query can bring valuable visibility to junior researchers (not to mention fill in knowledge gaps). However, according to two recently released studies, women ask disproportionately fewer questions than men at conference talks, even when women make up a majority of the audience.
Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts.
As I called their attention, students’ heads slowly lifted, their eyes reluctantly glancing forward. I then cheerfully explained that their next project would practice a skill they all desperately needed: holding a conversation.
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Long gone are the days of the lonely scientist. Today, most researchers work in teams ranging from a handful of people to more than a thousand in fields like genomics or particle physics, and scientists are increasingly being called upon to cross scientific or geographical borders. Whether it is working with a scientist from across […]