women employees work harder and longer than men do, according to a new study by independent research consultancy the ponemon institute.
among the subjects that took part in trials across the us, females consistently worked for a longer period of time during a ten-minute experiment than their male colleagues.
researchers also discovered that men are even less productive when women are around.
the experiment was originally intended to observe the effect of 3m privacy filters - thin panels that fit onto a monitor, allowing only the user to view their computer screen - on productivity in the workplace.
but the study ended up revealing that with or without a privacy filter, women are more productive than men in the workplace.
of the 274 subjects, who all worked in financial services, consumer products, education, health care and energy, approximately 53 percent of the subjects were female, and 47 percent were male.
when working with a privacy filter, females worked 4.9 minutes during a ten-minute experimental trial, while men worked 4.3 minutes.
and even without a privacy filter, females worked 2.5 minutes during ten minutes, while male subjects worked for just 2.1 minutes in the same amount of time.
not only do women work longer, but they also apparently work harder than their male counterparts.
when subjects were given the opportunity to walk away during an experimental waiting period, just 38 percent of women left their desk, while 52 percent of men did.
moreover, men were found to be less productive if a woman was around.
when the researcher and subject were both male, the average time worked was 3.6 minutes. when they were both female, productivity rose to four minutes.
but with a female researcher and a male subject, the time worked dropped to just 2.8 minutes.