London: If you are tired of certain employees skipping work, look at the constitution of the team. According to an interesting study, women in purely male teams and older employees in very young teams are absent almost twice as much as their colleagues in teams where they have a good fit.
Researchers observed more than 800 teams in a big Swiss-based service company over the course of seven years. They focused on two attributes of new team members — gender and age. They found that the more unequal a new team member, the earlier and the more easily they will find themselves in situations where they will be subject to discrimination. These so-called anchoring events then go on to shape the subjects’ perceptions of teamwork for years to come. (IANS)
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