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Is There a Male vs. Female Social Divide at Your Workplace?

As respectful human resource-fearing employees, we're expected (even required) to behave like consummate professionals and steer clear of inappropriate behavior at the workplace — whether with our gender or the opposite. I have found boardrooms have the power to hold up a PC standard that is unparalleled elsewhere in life: everyone working for a shared goal with little room for humor, silly antics, innuendo, or the social lubricants we use in casual conversation, dating, and non-professional human interaction.

But let's face it: boys will be boys, and girls will be girls. Do your co-workers separate into male vs. female groups and dialogue when it comes to socializing, or do you split up based on factors like departments, age, and title?

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BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 8 years
I'm a telemarketer for a small company and most of the telemarkerters with us are female... but there has been a couple of males here and there. But the greates social divide ww have is between the telemarketers and the rest, but I think mainly that's an age issue as most of us telemarkerters are students :-)
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 8 years
We are all equal where I work. We only separate based on who has an imagination and will be fun to talk to during lunch break, and who doesn't, and can only talk about work. It doesn't matter what position anyone has, either... when your boss frequently comes in to interrupt you and show you a new youtube video, or makes jokes about his private parts, pretty much anything goes. It's fabulous.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Well, to be honest, I don't have any male coworkers, so there isn't really any sort of social divide. My husband's company is different though...the men don't ever even talk to the handful of women that work there. Most of the men are buddies with each other and hang out together after work to fix cars and go to bars.
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