Female bosses ‘more tolerant’ towards workers’ need of work-life balance

Female bosses are more tolerant of employees doing personal chores during work hours as compared to male managers, a new study has found.

The research into the attitude of 1,000 bosses, commissioned by Vodafone, found that rather than berating staff for shopping, banking and paying bills at their desks, women are more likely to appreciate the fact that staff have to maintain a work-life balance.

By contrast male bosses are more likely to lose their temper when spotting workers on Facebook, Twitter, shopping websites, or overhearing them making personal calls.

It also emerged that female bosses are more likely to take the personal situation of staff into account when it comes to managing and reprimanding their staff.

They were revealed to be more likely to be aware of, and sympathetic to, problems people may be having in their personal life.

Men, on the other hand, are more inclined to tell employees off for letting home life get in the way of work, and admitted to having to do so on a daily basis.

“What this research shows is that a cultural shift has started. For many people in the UK, the way we work is changing,” the Daily Mail quoted Peter Kelly from Vodafone UK as saying.

“Britain’s bosses are realising that successful businesses must focus on generating results, not on monitoring what employees do at their desks.

“It confirms that we are seeing the end of the traditional 9-5 office working pattern. A new generation of workers is coming through the ranks.

“They prefer fitting work around their lives rather than the other way around,” Kelly added.

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