In honor of Women’s Day. Intended to be taken with a pinch of salt, the writer respects both sexes with the conviction that the main differences depend on the person.
Some men compare women to Google because they say that we’ve already provided answers before the question has even been finished. The most daring men say they don’t need Google at all – their wives know all the answers.
It’s great that they’re able to make jokes out of a reality that could otherwise be hurtful to them: just like the popular search engine, we have a fabulous capacity for reaction; we adapt to multiple environments; and we can perform several functions simultaneously (and yes, we also remember everything down to the last word – and that’s not a threat ).
So why hire a woman instead of a man?
There are many reasons why we should be irresistible for business, and best of all: there are scientific arguments to prove this. Here are a just few of them.
1. More memory and better at paying attention. Recent scientific research at the University of Pennsylvania on brain connectivity shows that women have greater capacity for analysis and show more attention to detail. It also proves that we have a worse sense of direction (which doesn’t mean that we can’t read a map, by the way)… but let’s ignore this point.
2. Better leaders. Some may think: “Of course – giving orders forms part of their DNA.” Well, that’s not it. According to research by the specialist consultancy firm on leadership, Zenger Folkman (published in the Harvard Business Review), women boost their own professional development throughout their career. Men become complacent from 40 onwards, when they feel they have enough training and experience and don’t need any more feedback in order to progress. The management skills where women stand out at are:
- Taking the initiative.
- Integrity and honesty.
- Targeting results.
- Boosting their own professional development.
- Inspiring and motivating the rest of the team.
- Setting objectives.
- Building professional relationships.
Shh, don’t let anyone find this bit out: we lose out on professional technical experience and development of strategic perspective. But let’s see: the list of skills where we dominate is longer, isn’t it?
3. Multi-tasking. Mum, wife, housewife and employee outside the home. History and the difficulty of balancing a work-life relationship have turned women into able jugglers. Anyone who is doing several tasks at once runs the risk of getting distracted. But who has the best capacity for attention? We do! You can check this information back against point 1 or against several reports from English psychologists proving that, when it comes to doing several things at once, men are slower and suffer more.
4. More intelligent. Just what it says. Research around the world has compared the IQ of men and women. And yes: we win!
5. Tidier and cleaner surroundings. Our desk, for example. It’s practically our own little ecosystem if we work in an office. Did you know that the San Diego State University has confirmed that men accumulate up to 20% more bacteria in their work environment than women? Seeing as chaos can enter the company without warning in any case, let’s not roll out the red carpet for it!
6. Healthier and more prudent… We live longer! Scientists just keep on coming up with more reasons to employ us. It seems that there is proof that women eat a more healthy diet. It also appears that we go a little overboard when it comes to chocolate – but just look at what we save on anti-depressants! We also have a 77% lower chance of dying in a traffic accident. And if that weren’t enough, oestrogen (the primarily female hormone) protects our immunological system to the death: we get sick less. Ah, one more thing! We live an average of 10 years longer than the male population.
In short, men are like modern-day electrical appliances: 4 to 5 years of usefulness – and out. What a pity…
We’re sure you can think of more great reasons. We’d love you to share them with us. For the moment, this list is already a good way to break the ice during a job interview and you’re asked: “Why should we hire you?”