At the cost of mansplaining terms, the colloquial lexicon often referred to as the urban dictionary, defines manterrupting as men condescendingly interrupting women, sometimes in meetings. Although this behavior carries sexist undertones, sadly, it happens more commonly than you think.
The next time you’re in a meeting, pay close attention and, you’ll probably realize how demeaning it makes the whole scenario. This behavior isn’t just limited to meeting rooms but is also extended to audio conference calls.
A survey of more than 155,000 conference calls conducted by Bloomberg revealed that men spoke 92% of the time on conference calls. So much for two-way communication. The argument people usually pitch is the lack of women participants in such meetings. However, it was also found that even if women make 20% of the group, they actively contribute to just 10% of the conversation. In fact, the survey also stated that male speakers made 5 million of 5.4 million comments on calls.
The unflattering conclusion – ‘male executives are more prone to speaking on conference calls simply to hear themselves speak.
So, the question is do men like to talk more?
Another survey churned out some interesting details. Unfortunately, the proactive nature of men is apparently only limited to voicing their opinions. A 2015 study revealed that women are more punctual while getting on conference calls. Around 15% of women dial-in to the conference bridge early, while only 8% of men will do this. Furthermore, 21% of women tend to wait for 5 minutes or more before leaving the conference call, compared to 14% men. But, before you jump to any conclusions, let’s first understand how a conference call works.
How does audio conferencing work?
Traditionally, call conferences happened through a dial-in process, which would involve the host sending bridge numbers and unique 6-digit PIN or passcode to the participants, who will join the call at the scheduled time. Despite the prevalence of new conferencing methods like dial-out, video, and web, 61% of businesses still opt for dial-in processes. The reluctance to shift towards modernity is due to many factors. A lack of enthusiasm to try new methods or learn new procedures, complex hardware requirements (for web and video conferencing), are some reasons.
Since everyone including the host dials-in to the conference bridge at the scheduled time, there isn’t anyone leading the teleconference. This means the success of the call primarily depends on how courteous the participants are, whether they call the bridge number on time, talk over the host, etc.
How grptalk helps solve this problem?
If only there were a solution that puts the host in charge of the conference call so that she/he can regulate who is adding more value to the meeting. This is exactly what grptalk does – it hands the host complete control over the call.
With features like mute-dial, the host can allow participants only to speak when necessary, reducing the number of times an audio conference is interrupted. This feature also ensures that everyone gets equal opportunity to add value to the meeting.
Let’s acknowledge this impediment before it turns into a battle of the genders and put a stop to members interrupting each other. Switch to grptalk and have a well-organized conference call with features like mute-dial and Handraise.
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