Kommunikationsstrategien Und Netzwerkbeziehungen Von Frauen Und Männern Im Beruf (Communication Strategies and Network Relations of Women and Men in the Job)
Gender Politik Online (Gender in den Sozialwissenschaften), 2008
17 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2011
Date Written: June 1, 2008
The communication patterns of female and male participants in professional life influence their career advancement. Women and men make use of different communication strategies to express themselves in the professional world. Irrespective of what is said, how and to whom it is said plays an important role. It not only conveys a particular image of the person communicating in the immediate situation but also may determine careers in the medium term.
Apart from that, often connections (so not just what you know but who you know) affect the chances of someone climbing the corporate ladder. For some years now handling these connections has been referred to as networking. Where these structures are not provided by organisations, they are called informal networks. The approach to and the extent to which people are included in these networks differs between the two sexes. Especially in executive networks there are noticeably fewer female participants – understandable, in these spheres of the business world there are hardly any women. Studies have shown that the differing communication strategies used by women and men in their professional life can be explained by the disparate inclusion in these neworks.
“Male” communication strategies work best in informal networks. Without access to these, women are unable to benefit from these strategies for their communication. It has become apparent that the communication strategies that men apply and their inclusion in informal networks have a positive effect on their career. Women fall by the wayside here. This disadvantage can be reduced if more formalized entry requirements for executive positions are implemented and if women take a more active approach towards networking while changing their communication strategies. Moreover, if women additionally start attaching their knowledge to their person more distinctly, they will not be as easily forgotten on the way up.
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Keywords: communication patterns of women and men in professional life
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