Having worked many different jobs in many different environments, I can honestly say, based on my own personal experience that I prefer working with guys or prefer the majority of staff to be male, rather than female. Or an almost even number of males and females on staff. My current workplace is male dominated with only a few females. The atmosphere is more laid back, of a joking nature. Drama is minimal. So the jokes here and there are a little inappropriate and/or sexist. I don’t really care. I may be female, but I’m not THAT sensitive. I know they’re not serious, so I don’t let it bother me.
Why is it in the workplace, as least from my personal experience that when it’s all females, it just seems more cliquey, gossipy and not as relaxed? I have yet to have a work experience in which I truly enjoyed working with only females. I sometimes feel intimidated when it’s all female or the majority is female. Is it the supersaturation of emotions? Too much estrogen in the environment? Females see other females as competition or a new threat to the workplace??!? Now I feel like I’m being sexist!
For some reason, males seem to reduce the tension in the work environment. Guys just naturally seem to be more relaxed about things and not as uptight. They’ll obviously fight (I have yet to see a fist fight. I have only seen and heard a LOT of yelling and cursing), but they don’t hold grudges. I’ve noticed they get over things a lot quicker than females and they don’t gossip so much. I try to stay out of gossip and office drama if I can. I consider myself Switzerland and remain neutral for the most part.
I have had male and female bosses and not to sound sexist again, but the bosses I liked the most and got along well with were the male ones. I never felt I was walking on eggshells with them, that it was ok to make mistakes and that I never felt pressure I couldn’t handle. It’s almost as if they have the perfect mix of won’t take any bs, but can still joke around with you.
Do you prefer to work with males more or females? What have your experiences been like?