Gender Differences in Negotiation: Implications for the Workplace
36 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2014
Date Written: April 18, 2014
Despite significant incentives pushing for women’s equality in the workforce, women continue to lag behind men in terms of pay and leadership positions. Even more disconcertingly, women, on average, have equal or better educational credentials and offer comparable skill sets to employers. There are a variety of causal factors that have been postulated for this disparity, including women’s childcare obligations, proclivity for public interest and low-paid employment, and heightened concern for work-life balance. However, one additional latent cause exists. Often, women are not as effective self-advocates as men; though women may not believe it is socially acceptable for them to ardently self-promote, women’s reticence to effectively negotiate results in women receiving significantly less pay for the same work.
This article will explore the factors affecting women’s willingness to negotiate and the differences between male and female negotiation styles. Subsequently, this article will propose several recommendations for closing the gender gap in negotiation and in the workplace.
Keywords: Women, Gender Differences, Negotiation
JEL Classification: M51, M52
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