Women are more likely than men to be asked for favors by their coworkers, but they are less appreciated for helping out than men are, according to a new study.
Columbia Business School professor Frank Flynn studied how willingness to help changes the image of an employee. Flynn examined two employees at different companies and found that women were more likely to be asked for help than men. Women were also more likely to agree to help out.
The employee who was granted the favor was asked how indebted they felt and they reported feeling less indebted to females than males.
In fact, the more agreeable the female coworker seemed, the less they valued her help. Men were also more appreciated when they were less agreeable to helping.
Sharon Meers reported for the Wall Street Journal that women, who are brought up to be polite, neat, and well-behaved, are missing out on virtues like leadership and decisiveness.
She warns that women in the workplace must beware of requests that come with compliments, like you “have good taste.” She said women too often get stuck doing the same tasks year after year because of their ability to organize down all the way down to the minutia.
A study released in August found that women felt they have experienced discrimination in the workplace based on gender, with 31 percent claiming they haven’t received a pay raise because they are more harshly scrutinized than their male coworkers.
Another study found 60 percent of women feel they have a harder time getting by than men.
The gender pay gap is readily apparent in young women just out of college. Women make less money than men no matter what industry or occupation she chooses, reported ThinkProgress. Even female executives, receive 18 percent less pay than male executives.