Griffith & Goodwin (2012) observe that the childhood behavioral patterns are carried onto the workplace culture. Segregation between the male and female groups is also a characteristic that is evident in the workplace. Men form more cohesive groups that are greatly concerned with competition and turf protection (Griffith & Goodwin, 2012). Women groups on the other hand are less cohesive but demonstrate high levels of democracy and avoidance of confrontation (Griffith & Goodwin, 2012). These characteristics are very applicable in solution development and conflict management within the organization.
From the above discussion, male employees are less likely to resort to democracy compared to female employees. In the occurrence of a problem that requires a solution. male employees are more likely to resort to fast solution development choices that will not require extensive consultancy techniques. However, the female trait in avoiding confrontations would lead to the development of the fairest and most democratic choice of solution, with the aim of providing the most satisfactory solution (Griffith & Goodwin, 2012).
Indeed the gender role in the workplace influences decision making processes and most especially in problem solving situations.