Here's yet another advantage to getting more women into powerful positions: Female bosses are just better. Time reports (opens in new tab) that a wide-ranging study found that women tend to make better managers.
A Gallup poll called The State of the American Manager (opens in new tab) found that 33% of employees who work for women are engaged on the job, compared to 27% of people who work for men. (Gallup defines (opens in new tab) engaged as "emotionally connected to the mission and purpose of their work.") This is especially true when women work for other women; men who work for men are actually the least engaged on the job.
People who work for women are more likely to agree with the idea that "there is someone at work who encourages my development" and that "I have received recognition or praise for doing good work." Female bosses tend to be more engaged on the job as well, and that's regardless of how old they are and whether or not they have children.
Why the gender difference? Gallup thinks that men might be more likely to hold jobs in fields like production, where there's less of an opportunity to verbally engage with employees. But it might also be a result of gender bias, since women in power need to go above and beyond to get ahead.
But either way, it's best for the company's bottom line to promote more women. According to Gallup (opens in new tab), companies with highly engaged workers outperform the competition by 147% in earnings and have lower employee turnover. Hear that, Fortune 500 companies (opens in new tab)?
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Is Doing It All the New "Having It All"? A Look at the Changing Face of Women's Careers (opens in new tab)
These Are the 10 Best Companies for Female Employees (opens in new tab)
Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
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