Business Briefs: Gender & Occupation, Remote Work Promotions and Workplace Accidents

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Welcome to Business Briefs! The world of academic publications features fascinating findings from real-world experiments in business and the marketplace. Here are some key takeaways and applicable nuggets of knowledge that may be helpful for your business.

Gender & Workplace Destiny

For better or for worse, some occupations seem to be more associated with one gender. For example, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, 96% of kindergarten teachers are women, while 90% of mechanical engineers are men. 

These sorts of associations tend to lead to lively debates about wage disparities as well as cultural expectations. One way to explore the curious relationship between gender and occupation is to look across cultures – that is, investigate how men and women are represented in the workforce in other countries. 

Survey information from 75,908 respondents representing 42 countries helped researchers assess the gender and occupational interests of participants. In most countries, the following generalization held true: women are more interested in working with ideas, men are more interested in working with data. There were two countries wherein this generalization did not hold: Poland and the Philippines. Researchers also observed a worldwide preference among women for working with people (as opposed to things) and positions that offered prestige. 

The study creates interesting questions for the outlying countries. Specifically, what grounds the difference in their results?

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Are Gender Differences in Vocational Interests Universal?: Moderating Effects of Cultural Dimensions – Chun Tao, Alexander Glosenberg, Terence J. G. Tracey, David L. Blustein & Lori L. Foster, Sex Roles

Remote Work and Promotions

As workplaces evolve to embrace remote work, workplace culture is still playing catch-up. 

The Society for Human Resource Management conducted a survey of 817 supervisors. Of the 817, 67% indicated that they perceived remote workers to be more easily replaceable when compared to onsite workers. Further, 62% of supervisors indicated that full-time remote work seemed to have to potential to derail career objectives. And 67% (again) indicated that remote workers required more time under supervision.  

While the responses might suggest a preference for onsite workers, they’re also a reflection of the job market. There are more candidates for remote jobs, making those positions easier for supervisors to fill.  

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SHRM Research Reveals Negative Perceptions of Remote Work, Society for Human Resource Management

This Job is Killing Me

Year’s end is when the U.S. Government releases giant piles of data from the prior year. That is, it takes about a year to compile all the information from the prior year. In a December 2022 report, the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries indicated there were 5,190 fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2021.

Digging a little deeper, the report identified some risk factors for being killed on the job. It noted:

  • Although women comprised only 8.6% of all deaths from workplace injury, as targets, they represented 14.5% of intentional injuries.
  • Black and Latino deaths from workplace injuries were disproportionately high
  • Workers in transportation and “material moving occupations” contributed the highest number of fatal injuries: 1,523 in one year.

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Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics