Work Teams Work Better When Balanced with Men and Women

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The next time you need to form a work team, go for gender balance, according to a George Washington University researcher.

Doctoral candidate Kaitlin Thomas says that forming teams with close to equal numbers of men and women seems to produce better results than when it’s lopsided in favor of one or the other sex.

Thomas made her findings by examining 300 management students who were randomly assigned to work teams.  Among the conclusions was that men in teams with more diversity accomplished more than those heavily weighted with men.

Thomas hinted that women on management teams give men a distinct advantage because they’re more apt to emphasize collaboration as well as including those who normally take a backseat during projects.

In short, the researcher believes that gender balance is instrumental to the success of any organization.

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