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Study finds men benefit from workplace power

Men reap more rewards from having power in the workplace than women do.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Mar 28, 2013 7:23PM

New research from the University of Toronto reveals the benefits of achieving high-level authority in the workplace ― including decision-making power and a bigger paycheck ― are not evenly meted out for women and men, reports Business News Daily.

 “We know that job resources ― like authority and autonomy or income ― tend to bundle together,” the study's lead author, sociologist Scott Schieman told Business News Daily. “And yet, our research suggests that the bundling of these job rewards continues to differ for women and men.”

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The author believes the study may explain the age-old debate over which gender benefits more from workplace power.

“The patterns we discover suggest that even when women 'lean in' and attain greater authority at work, the structural features of power have different consequences for the subjective experience of autonomy and influence in ways that favor men,” Schieman was quoted.

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The study, “The Rewards of Authority in the Workplace: Do Gender and Age Matter?” is published in the Spring 2013 issue of the journal Sociological Perspectives.

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