Giving feedback - constructive or critical?


7th November 2014

 A recent study done for, found two differences between workplace performance reviews given to men and women.

Across 248 reviews from 28 companies, managers, whether male or female, gave female employees more negative feedback than they gave male employees.

Second, 76 percent of the negative feedback given to women included some kind of personality criticism, such as comments that the woman was “abrasive,” “judgmental” or “strident.” Only 2 percent of men’s critical reviews included negative personality comments.


Why is it that feedback to women seems to be more personality based and what do we do to begin to deal with this?   

Take a look at the article which gives more detail on the study.

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If you would like more information on how we can help your organisation with giving feedback or addressing gender balance contact us 



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