Too many women in the office
Dear Career Doctor,
Short of sounding sexist, but I work in an office with only women in it. It's a small company with about 12 people. There used to be a male colleague, but he left the company a year ago. Since then, there has been a lot of gossip and cattiness in the office. For example, having 'the time of the month' seems to be a plausible excuse for sick days or for rejecting work that has been doled out. I am a woman myself, but I find this kind of work environment unprofessional and frustrating. Petty tempers have become commonplace where non existed before when there was a male presence.
I wonder if this is a common phenomenon? And from a management perspective, how does one deal with such an environment without coming across as a petty woman herself?