I’m sharing a link below from Christy B at When Women Inspire regarding the fact that in the workplace, instead of organising a rota, women are more likely to perform non-promotable work then men. This work could be something like emptying the recycling bin, watering the plants or washing coffee cups. Because this work doesn’t lead to promotion, the blog goes on to say that this could be one of the reasons why men advance up the corporate ladder faster than women.
Women are born to please, and volunteer for this work because they want to be liked and to be seen as being cooperative and willing to do their bit. Men on the whole do not really bother about what other people think of them, and men higher up the corporate ladder would probably feel that non-promotable work is beneath them anyway. Also, women are usually the main carers for children, and therefore prefer part-time or flexible work.
Back in the year 2000 I spent a year doing office work for a civil engineering firm, and when I first started I volunteered to do the ‘sandwich run‘ every day. This involved walking to each office and taking lunchtime orders for sandwiches or rolls, collecting the money, phoning the delivery service with the order, and then distributing the sandwiches when they were delivered. I collected the orders and money within the first half an hour of arriving each morning, and so everybody got to know what time I did my rounds.
I soon tired of this non-promotable work, and tried offloading it, but there were no takers. The women gave me their orders straight away and paid, but some of the men faffed about, said they were too busy to think about it, and asked me to come back later. These men were usually higher up the pecking order than the women. When I told them I had my own work to do and did not want to do this, some of them were downright rude. I began to avoid the offices where the men sat stewing in their own self importance. Eventually after receiving no sandwiches on a regular basis they realised I had stopped going to their offices altogether. They began to come out to me in the main office and give me their money and orders.
So, on the whole I did this at the beginning because I wanted to fit in with the workforce, get to know everybody, and show that I was willing to do non-promotable work outside of my job description. I was stuck with the bloody sandwich run for a year until I left to work at the hospital!
In the kitchen in the department where I now work, I have never seen a man (usually a consultant or junior doctor) washing up any of their coffee cups or spoons. Are they above cleaning up after themselves? Probably not in their own houses, but in the workplace they don’t have to worry at all because there are many female workers willing to do it.
Such is life.