The poll of British staff found that more than a third of them think that the performance of their organisation would improve if it had more female senior managers.
Other results from the study showed that 15 per cent more workers said they personally would rather have a man as their immediate boss than a woman, while only 27 per cent of female respondents said they preferred to work with other women, compared with 39 per cent of men.
Mark Bull, chief executive of Randstad UK and Middle-East, said the survey shows just how complex gender dynamics in the workplace can be.
"On the one hand people are eager to see more senior female figureheads and believe that this would make a key difference to company performance. Yet on a day-to-day level, the old stereotypes about preferring to work for a man seem to be holding sway," he added.
Mr Bull said that while the battle of acceptability amongst female employees is starting to be won, it seems that UK firms have overlooked the fact that some men in particular feel there is a "stigma" attached to their desire for flexible work patterns.
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Source: The Sales Director News