A group of students at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University investigated to what extent people expect mixed teams to be more or less productive than teams with same-gender members.
Nowadays, many businesses and governments strive to approach a 50/50 male-to-female ratio in their staff members. Diversity in teams seems to be trending and valued increasingly by employers as well as the general public. In the scientific community however, there is still some debate whether or not diversity in teams is desirable. Several researchers have researched the productivity effects of same versus mixed-gender teams and found mixed results.
This contrast in opinions gives rise to some questions. Can we really conclude that people are becoming more supportive of gender-diverse teams, and does this mean that they trust increasingly in the abilities of a modern-day gender-diverse team?
If an employer, for example, believes that a gender-diverse team will be just as capable as, or even more capable than a gender-homogeneous team, they are more likely to strive for gender balance among their employees.
It seems like a person’s positive attitude towards gender equality makes them more likely to have faith in the capabilities of a mixed-gender team.
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