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Women and Feedback in the Workforce

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:11 PM EDT

According to a new study, the  so-called "glass ceiling" is still very much in place for women in the Maryland workforce. It finds one surprising factor may be to blame for women just not getting as many executive jobs as their male counterparts.

Researchers at the Center for Talent Innovation interviewed more than 4,000 executives and large corporations across the country about executive presence – the "tough to pinpoint" characteristics and behaviors that make people more likely to end up in the corner office. They found a number of factors such as how you dress and whether you look people in the eye to be very important.

However, a surprising finding was that no one in the office makes women employees aware of their shortcoming. According to the study, women are not getting the same helpful feedback that men are. The study shows that many executives actually feared the women might take the advice too personally and in some cases even see it as harassment – so instead, the boss says nothing.

Joe Gonzales – from Robert Half International, the world's largest specialized staffing firm, advises women to not wait on your boss – but says if you want feedback, ask for it.

Simple questions that could change the way our boardrooms look in the future.

Women and Feedback in the Workforce


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