Gender and the Dysfunctional Workplace

Gender and the Dysfunctional Workplace

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Suzy Fox and Terri R. Lituchy

Dysfunction in the workplace, like a bully culture, affects women and men differently. This book represents a broad spectrum of disciplines including law, management, communications, human resource management and industrial/organizational psychology and offers integrative, cross-disciplinary inquiries into the many roles gender plays in organizational dysfunction. The authors provoke new questions and new streams of research, with the ultimate goal of contributing to healthier workplaces for men and women alike.

Chapter 12: Job Attitudes in an Anglophone Caribbean Country: The Case of Barbados

Betty Jane Punnett, Priscilla A. Glidden, Carol Mulder and Dion Greenidge

Subjects: business and management, diversity and management, gender and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour


Betty Jane Punnett, Priscilla A. Glidden, Carol Mulder and Dion Greenidge INTRODUCTION This chapter discusses the results of research on job attitudes in Barbados, an English-speaking country in the Caribbean. We use the results of this research to discuss how gender relates to job attitudes, such as satisfaction, loyalty, and perceptions of justice, as well as health and stress. In turn, we relate gender differences to counterproductive work behaviors and the dysfunctional workplace, and make suggestions for improvements in the workplace. Job performance is increasingly considered as encompassing constructs such as organizational citizenship behavior and counterproductive work behavior, and Dalal’s meta-analysis (Dalal, 2005) indicated a modest relationship between job performance and these behaviors. In a review of studies of gender and organization culture, Punnett (2010) identified a number of gender issues that can contribute to a dysfunctional workplace, and argued that these would have an impact on organizational performance. The results of the Barbados study are discussed in this context. We begin the chapter with a brief discussion of the global situation for women in the workplace. We then discuss general findings on job attitudes and gender and how these relate to counterproductive behaviors that result in a dysfunctional workplace. This is followed by a discussion of the findings in Barbados. Finally we offer suggestions for improving the workplace for women, overcoming counterproductive behaviors and making the workplace more functional and productive. The situation of women around the world is that they are not equal in the workplace. The World...

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