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Male managers are increasingly feeling uncomfortable when mentoring, working one-to-one with and socialising with women at work, according to research conducted in the US.
More than half the men asked (60%) felt cautious with female with colleagues in these situations, a 33 percentage point increase over figure from last year.
Senior male employees were, according to an analysis of the findings, 12 times more likely to be hesitant about one-to-one meetings with a less senior woman than they were a junior male colleague, nine times more likely to be reluctant to travel with a less senior female and six times more likely to be hesitant about attending a work dinner with a female than a male colleague.
A significant minority of men (36%) reported avoiding mentoring or socialising with a woman because they were nervous about how it would look.
The survey, published last month, was carried out by LeanIn.org, a non-profit organisation founded by Facebook chief operating officer Shery Sandberg in 2013. It's stated aim is to provide women with the “ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals”.
Sandberg told US business TV channel CNBC that the findings of the survey were “totally unacceptable” particularly a