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Employees more engaged when the boss is a woman

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Only one-third of U.S. workers have a female boss, but they are the nation’s most engaged employees. It could be some companies’ hidden advantage.

A new Gallup poll of working Americans found that employees who work for women are more engaged in their work, on average, than those who work for men. According to Gallup, “When employees are engaged, they are passionate, creative, and entrepreneurial, and their enthusiasm fuels growth. These employees are emotionally connected to the mission and purpose of their work.”

Employees with female managers are six percentage points more engaged (33%), on average, than those whose manager is a man (27%).

Women in general are more engaged in their work than men, Gallup found.

Gallup found that 41% of female managers are engaged at work, compared to 35% of their male counterparts.

Researchers report that female managers display more behaviors that encourage employee engagement—fostering career development, checking in on employee progress, providing feedback on performance and recognizing their staff’s accomplishments.

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