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Male or Female Boss? Most Employees Don't Care

Male or Female Boss? Most Employees Don't Care
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The number of U.S. employees who would rather have a man, over a women, as their boss, is on the decline, new research finds.

Overall, 33 percent of workers say they would prefer a male boss, down from 48 percent in 2000, 62 percent in 1975 and 66 percent in 1953, according to a Gallup study.

The research shows that when it comes to having a man or woman as their boss, employees are growing increasingly indifferent. Specifically, 46 percent of the employees surveyed this year say the gender of their boss doesn't matter them, up from 28 percent in 2000.

"Americans continue to prefer a male boss to a female boss, although, since 2002, the greatest percentage continue to say it does not make a difference to them," Gallup's Rebecca Rifkin wrote on the company's website.

While down slightly over the last two years, the percentage of workers who prefer working for a woman has risen significantly since Gallup first started asking employees this question more than 60 years ago. This year, 20 percent of those surveyed said if they were taking a new job and had their choice of a boss, they would choose a woman, up from just 5 percent who said the same in 1953. [19 Fun (and Cheap!) Gifts for Your Boss ]

Women would select a female boss more so than men would. However, overall, female employees are still more likely to say they would prefer a male boss than to say they'd prefer a female boss.

"Currently, both genders would prefer a male boss, with 26 percent of men and 39 percent of women saying they would prefer a male boss if they were to take a new job," Rifkin wrote.

The study did reveal that workers who currently have a woman boss are more likely than those who have a man as their supervisor to prefer a female boss in the future.

"This could mean that as more women enter management, preference for female bosses could continue to rise," Rifkin wrote.

The study was based on surveys of 1,032 U.S. adults over the age of 18.

Originally published on Business News Daily

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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