Research shows men who report to a female manager get much more mentoring and support than their female colleagues. The findings, published in the journal Social Science Research, add to previous evidence that so-called Queen Bee syndrome can be a major obstacle to women climbing the managerial ladder.
Women carving out a career in a male-dominated environment might expect there is one thing guaranteed to work in their favor – a female boss. But studies suggest that it is more likely to wreck other women's promotion prospects. Women who do break through the glass ceiling are more likely to help out their male subordinates than female ones.
Far from encouraging other ambitious women, psychologists at the University of Cincinnati found female bosses are more inclined to obstruct them. As well as the unwanted competition, researchers think this may partly be due to the fact women occupying senior posts want to blend in as much as possible with their male counterparts.
The latest study, which is based on responses from more than 2,000 employees in the US, backs up earlier research showing Queen Bee syndrome can affect work-related health. In 2008 German researchers reported women who answered to a female supervisor suffered more depression, insomnia, headaches and heartburn than if their boss was a man.
1. Finish the tough stuff first. Try to get your most complicated tasks out of the way early in the day so that they're not looming over you for hours. Think of it as a "best for last" technique and you'll start to look forward to your afternoons.
2. Make exercise a priority. Whether it's a quick walk around the block or a full-on gym session during your lunch hour, moving your body is crucial for your sanity. Aim to stretch every hour, too, in an effort to clear your head.
3. Savor your snack. Rather than mindlessly munching on whatever snacks are handy, bring your favorite treat from home and take the time to relish every bite. Make it a healthy bite to really rev up your mood and energy.
4. Connect with a friend. Socializing is one of the easiest ways to distract yourself from everyday anxieties, so call up a pal to chat for a few minutes. Try to avoid any work-related venting and stick to fun, tension-free topics instead.
5. Congregate at the water cooler. It's important to engage with your co-workers on a day-to-day basis. Not only will kitchen small talk free up your mind for a few minutes, but it will also help you build positive relationships around the office.
6. Take five to do something lighthearted. Were you the type who doodled during class? For five (and only five) quick minutes, draw, catch up on Instagram, or browse Pinterest to improve your attitude and recharge your batteries.