Men's Anxieties Are Costing Women Career Growth

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We've observed the problem for years: There simply aren't enough women advancing in their careers like men do. Women can't get ahead, can't paid fairly, and can't seem to attain equal representation in the workplace, especially at the top. One reason for this? Men simply aren't sharing the wealth.

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Literally — economists in Australia and the United States have just published a study outlining the disparities in who gets someone in their career to show them the ropes. Mentorship is a key factor in helping employees up the achievement ladder. Not only is a good mentor a teacher, but they're an advocate behind the scenes, especially when it comes time for promotions. Yet while women say they're happy to seek mentorship relationships from men in the workplace, men are not so willing to return the favor.

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"Male managers are significantly less likely than female managers to mentor or interact one-on-one with female employees," said coauthor Andrew Timming. "We found that male managers were less likely to work one-on-one in an office with the door closed and less likely to have a late-night dinner with female employees."

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There may be a frustrating reason for that. "Although we can't say with absolute certainty whether the #MeToo movement caused this reluctance," Timming added, "it seems reasonable to conclude that it may have played a role."

Men shouldn't worry so much: Adults in the workplace tend to know the difference between harassment and career help. We all want a good mentor, and we can recognize one no matter what their gender.

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