Most don't care, but some workers like a guy to be in charge
What's your pleasure: Mr. Burns or Miranda Priestly?
While 67% of people don't care if their boss is a man or a woman, four times as many respondents who did have a preference (23%) preferred a man to a woman boss, according to an online poll of 1,730 people conducted by Citi's Connect: Professional Women's Network on LinkedIn. Some 5% said they preferred a woman and another 5% chose "other."
But does polling for workplace gender preference shed light on prejudice or further sexism?
"It's hard for me to even think from the perspective," of evaluating a supervisor based on gender, said Ann Kee, 33, a payroll accountant from the UWS.
The qualities of a good boss, she said, have nothing to do with the ability to empathize with workers and to help them perform and grow within the company.
Donna Y., 38, a group home manager from Canarsie, wished the poll had let respondents select leadership styles and managerial characteristics. Few supervisors, male or female, "understand the needs of working parents," she sighed.
Chakira Richardson, 18, a food server from Harlem, copped to a preference for male bosses, but then admitted, "I'm stereotyping. That's just based on my experience. If I had great women supervisors, then I could compare them." Men have been in positions of authority for much longer than women, so subordinates have fewer women to compare them to, Richardson pointed out.
"I'm not surprised," by the results, as people tend to respond based on individual experience, said Melaney Rodriguez, 21, of Fordham. And her experience as a bartender was "men choose and favor women they're attracted to," so "I prefer women," she said.
The survey "definitely buys into pre-conceived notions," said Perone Glenn, 26, a male graphic designer from East New York who is delighted to work for ladies. Women bosses, he said, can't win: "A man can be forceful in the workplace, but if a woman does the same thing, she's a 'B,'" he said, shaking his head.