U of S study examines if tired bosses are less likely to hire women as leaders

Sleep-deprived decision makers may be less likely to appoint women to leadership positions, according to research being carried out at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Study will also look at how mindfulness can combat bias

A new U of S study is looking at whether tired decision makers are less likely to appoint women to leadership positions. (Shutterstock / VGstockstudio)

Are sleepy bosses keeping women out of leadership roles?

A new study out of the University of Saskatchewan Edwards School of Business is looking at whether tired decision makers are less likely to appoint women to leadership positions.

"What we think is happening is we rely on stereotypes when we are more sleepy and there are stereotypes against women in leadership," Erica Carleton, an assistant professor, told CBC Saskatchewan's Morning Edition.

Carleton said the study will also look at how practicing mindfulness can help people not act on their biases. She said people can and do actively suppress bias, even unconscious bias, but fatigue makes it more difficult.

The project was recently awarded a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The study will be done via lab studies with student participants. The students will be deprived of sleep and then put through a series of tests the next day that will include scenarios involving the promotion of women to leadership roles.


Fiona Odlum

CBC Staffer

Fiona is a contributor at CBC Saskatchewan. She is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and that is where she started her broadcasting career over 15 years ago. Fiona has done everything from traffic reporting in a helicopter, to breaking news, anchoring and hosting talk radio across the country and telling weather stories.

With files from CBC Saskatchewan's Morning Edition


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