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Women’s Office Cat Fights Affect Climb Up Corporate Ladder

Women, we’re our own worst enemies. Instead of supporting one another often times we turn on one another.

The cattiness starts at a young age and doesn’t get any better with age. Now it’s carrying over into the workplace.

A new management study on workplace conflict by researchers at the University of British Columbia found that both men and women think office disputes between ladies are “more disruptive to office life” than fights between men or between a man and a woman.

According to the Wall Street Journal; the scholars, Leah D. Sheppard and Karl Aquino, asked 152 subjects to assess three workplace conflict scenarios involving a pair of managers. The examples were identical, save for the names of the individuals involved: Adam and Steven, Adam and Sarah, and Sarah and Anne.

Participants were asked to assess the likelihood that the two managers would be able to repair their relationship and the effect of the dispute on team and company morale. The subjects, both male and female, consistently viewed the conflict between the two women in the most negative light.

The cattiness may affect hiring and promotions for women. Hopefully, this study will shed some light and women will learn to get along. After all, if it weren’t for a woman, we wouldn’t even be here.

And that’s today’s helping of the Online Dish with Maggie.

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