Gender in the Workplace 

Gender in the Workplace 

Gender issues in the workplace abound, including the salaries, promotion, communication, dress code, and possible chances of getting more responsibilities in the workplace. Furthermore, the opportunities that exist for different gender to develop their careers or have room for further studies are quite in disparity, hence the need to critically assess the ways through which gender issues are discussed in the workplace (Wolfe, 2017). In this paper, critical assessment of gender in the workplace is carried out in Powell’s How to Call out Your Colleagues ‘ Gender Bias and Wolfe’s Gender Discrimination: It Happens To Men, Too. These articles are essential in the understanding of the workplace dynamics and their relationship to the gender issues such as discrimination, biasness, and other related concepts. 


In Powell’s How to Call out Your Colleagues’ Gender Bias, the author explores different ways through which an employee at the workplace could share the concepts that are deemed to be gender-biased. It is more of a communication strategy in the workplace that is meant to unearth and treat the unwelcome behaviors and attitudes that offensive in the workplace. The author understands how difficult it is for colleagues to tell their colleagues of their unwelcome attitudes and behavior, since most of the gender biasness and stereotypes occur in unconscious state of mind (Powell, 2017). Powell observed that the main challenge is to make the unconscious mind that leads to the poor and biased attitudes and behaviors to be conscious and understand their implications. 

In her proposal, Powell gives the recommendations on how to tell a colleague that they are biased and engaged in gendered stereotypes in the workplace. Essentially, the author calls for communication, challenging the colleague to expound on the phrase, joke, statement, or any biased issue they make. Challenge the colleague on the appropriateness of the joke to different colleagues in the workplace; male and female (Powell, 2017). Also, the main perspective of this article is how to communicate the impacts of stereotypes and gender biasness in terms of jokes and other statements. Speaking to the manager is recommended. Collaborative approach and the ability to check the biasness are key to eradicating the gendered stereotypes in the workplace, according to the article. 

In Wolfe’s Gender Discrimination: It Happens To Men, Too, the author deconstructs the myth that it is only women who are the victims of gender discrimination in the workplace. This is an interesting read, as she points out on some of the issues which results in men being victims too in the workplace. Wolfe starts by enumerating on the ideal parts through which the female gender has suffered in terms of promotion and others in the workplace. On the other hand, the article explores how men have also become victims of gender discrimination, especially in such organizations as Ventura Corporation, which was sued for failing to hire female sale representatives (Wolfe, 2017). Another company captured in the article is the NBC, which also discriminated against men in their hiring and other factors. In another interesting fete, an FBI agent sued the agency for discriminating against men based on physical fitness tests for the men who want to become agents. The ladies get fair tests. The author concludes that there is no difference between being a man or a woman, as everyone is vulnerable and that men too are big-time victims. 

Social psychology terminology and use

In Powell’s How to Call Out Your Colleagues’ Gender Bias, there are different social psychology concepts used to describe on ways through which biased terms could be shared and discussed amongst colleagues. Social psychology mainly focuses on people’s thoughts, actions, and feelings, and behaviors and the factors that influence them. In the article, such terms as; gender stereotyping, bias, conversation, career versus family balance, among others, are used to explain the challenges that people undergo in making sure that they raise their families and also perform well at the workplace (Powell, 2017). In the article, the author uses different case situations when she faced challenges for opening up on her pregnancy, which resulted in discrimination. Therefore, the social psychology terminologies used in the article are meant to explore on the ways through which poor communication could result into unconscious stereotyping and challenges resulting from such actions. 

On the other hand, Wolfe’s Gender Discrimination: It Happens To Men, Too, uses different terminologies relating to social psychology. These terminologies include: glass ceiling, stereotypes, gender discrimination, and other have been used against both men and women in the long run. Within the psychology concept, the term workplace gender discrimination has often been linked to the female who are considered the victims (Wolfe, 2017). Thus, it psychologically challenges the previously held notions that men could be victims too in the society such as a workplace. The examples used effectively qualify this, which makes everyone vulnerable.


For effective change as manifested in the articles, there should be more aspects of communication to enable the individuals to understand that jokes, phrases, and statements that they could be using may be biased in nature. Thus, communication is key, which include sharing with individuals and their managers on certain issues. Furthermore, men and women should also be treated equally because they are all vulnerable to workplace discrimination.  


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