U of S study examines if tired bosses are less likely to hire women as leaders
Study will also look at how mindfulness can combat bias
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.
With files from CBC Saskatchewan's Morning Edition