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Bridging the office divide

As the title of the 1992 book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus implies, men and women often seem to be on different planets when it comes to how they understand messages and approach problems.

This also applies especially to men and women working side-by-side in an office setting, relationship experts say. However, there is hope: men and women can learn each others’ language, according to people who specialise in communication.

"The printer ink has to be changed" is a simple sentence likely to be heard in a typical office. When women hear this, many would get up almost immediately and go to the copier, while men stay at their desks. Perhaps a few of them think that the sentence is correct, but nothing else.