2nd March, 2018: A female discriminating against another female in the workplace, especially when they are raised in ranks is usually termed as the "queen bee syndrome". In a paper published in Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers of University of Arizona, USA validate this phenomenon.
"Studies show women report more incivility experiences overall than men, but we wanted to find out who was targeting women with rude remarks," said Allison Gabriel, the main author of the study. Researchers asked questions about co-workers who put them down or were condescending, made demeaning or derogatory remarks or ignored them in a meeting or addressed them in unprofessional terms. The women in the control group were unanimous that they received higher levels of incivility from other women than their male counterparts!
Further, it was reported that when men acted assertive they reported lower incivility from their male counterparts. Male persons in fact went against their gender-stereotypes to exhibit civility, a benefit that women could not afford.
Companies need be careful of the “queen bee syndrome” as the victims reported less satisfaction at work and increased intentions to quit their current jobs in response to these unpleasant experiences.