Oh my, absolutely.
As a coworker, I’ve seen the effects on others but thankfully wasn’t the target. When I was a flight attendant, and there are only 4 of you in the cabin and 1 of them is a gossipy, backstabby male, the work environment can be incredibly unbearable if you do something to draw his ire. Much worse than if it was a woman.
Think about all the best “prank” type YouTube videos – you know, the ones where someone’s entire desk was covered in wrapping paper and filled with packing peanuts? Stuff like this:
Yeah, women don’t do that stuff. They put up passive-agressive notes in the kitchen and “forget” to invite you to meetings.
As a boss, some of the worst (gossipy, backstabby) people I’ve ever had to deal with have been men.
They file more HR complaints (women are more likely to let it go out of shame), are more Confrontational, and are more overall aggressively hostile.
As to WHY… It’s human nature. Many people find it easier to go along with a mob than to make their own choices, so if the mob leader picks a target (for some personal reason they generally never share), then they all pile on.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Do-men-have-the-same-gossipy-undermining-issues-at-the-workplace-as-some-women
Originally Posted On: 2015-12-09