Gender and culture at work

Seminar PDF

Duration: 1 day

Course type: 50% theory, 50% practical examples

Trainer: Karin Bodewits (optionally + Philipp Gramlich)

Number of participants: Max. 12


This seminar can be tailored to a gender-specific audience if desired


A more global economy, international work environments and the increase of women holding leadership positions, all have an impact on our work environment as well as our society as a whole. This diversification of teams brings a lot of advantages, but also challenges. Hence, a good understanding of each other’s communication styles and behaviours is one of the keys to professional success.

Do men really not listen and do females really always complain? And, why does this foreign colleague say “yes”, when he means “no”? How can I collaborate effectively around the globe? And, are misunderstandings really inevitable? In this seminar, cross-cultural barriers and gender-specific communication will be discussed and practised.

In this seminar, we´ll not go into endless debates about nurture vs. nature, we won´t try to dig out what is really down to biological differences. Instead, we´ll have a clear focus on practical aspects, which can be used to improve our work environments. We´ll look at stereotypes and how these influence our behaviour and how we´re perceived by our environment. The seminar can be focused on either or both of our main topics:



There are big gender differences in the way we view negotiations and how we´re perceived as actors in these crucial conversations. Depending on the target group, we can take a view from the employer´s side: how can we shape the negotiation process to be an effective organisation, while treating all (future) employees fairly? And from the employee´s side: how can we be assertive while not endangering the relationship we´re about to build? Particularly the prescriptive stereotypes towards women put them in a bind: being assertive often means paying a ‘social price’, while fulfilling the typical ‘warm’ female stereotype lets them lose out. Can we break out of this?


Staff selection

Most hiring processes are a hotbed of biases. Very often, we try to hire clones of ourselves, either deliberately or subconsciously. This in turn destroys any notion of wanting to hire ‘the best’. In this part of the workshop, we´ll identify steps in the hiring process, where these biases arise and how we could possibly eliminate them. It´s a relevant exercise for everyone interested in how biases influence our work, not just hiring managers.



Karin Bodewits ( or Philipp Gramlich ( )/ Tel: +49 (0)89 99 016 971