“My grandmother spoiled my father rotten, and he grew up expecting women to do whatever he wanted. When he married my beautiful mother, Elsa, he expected her to give up her career as a champion ballroom dancer and become a good wife and mother, which she dutifully did.” -Joan Collins
Hello SOTGC community,
In decades past, women were prohibited from even trying to climb the corporate ladder. Business was considered the domain of men. If they were allowed to leave the house, females were relegated to the lowest-paying jobs with no hope of ever moving up. Thankfully, things have changed. Women are not only making strides in workplace equality, more and more they’re taking leadership roles in companies and organizations.
Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about the strides that women are making. Many long for the days when men were in charge and women were considered inferior. Entering the workplace and striving to grow your career can result in ill will, not only from men, but from other women. On the one hand, men who are assertive and work diligently to improve their careers are seen as inspired. On the other hand, women who do the same are often seen as being overly aggressive.
These discriminatory comparisons can’t be controlled. Some people merely have a negative attitude toward successful women, regardless of their qualifications. However, there are ways a person, man or woman, can strive to prevent as many ripples as possible.
Many people get upset when they receive negative feedback. They react defensively, taking the feedback personally. Men in the workplace often use any excuse to blame a woman’s reaction on her emotions. While this isn’t fair and should never be the case, it’s a sad fact! So, how can a woman avoid these confrontations? Keep focus on the task. Don’t let the negativity get to you. This will help you make the needed changes and move on.
Strive to be as educated as possible about your business. A standard complaint about those who rise in the rankings of any specified firm is they aren’t prepared. While some men get called out on this, more commonly the complaint is towards women. Possessing all the knowledge you have to successfully do your job, and then some, will boost your own confidence together with others’ confidence in you. You can do the job, don’t let them tell you otherwise.
Consistently handle your superiors and coworkers with respect, even when you strongly disagree with them. You can argue your points and state your opinions, but do so in the same way you would want to be treated. People who sense even a trace of disrespect will counter it with more disrespect, and that’s what you are attempting to avoid. This doesn’t mean you should constantly turn to their will, but rather that you should treat their thoughts and beliefs as valid and keep discussions as amicable as possible while still making your point.
It isn’t fair that women have to over think their behavior in the workplace. Hopefully, soon the discrimination and inequality will come to an end, giving women the chance to make more strides in their careers. Until then, stay strong and work hard.
Prove you deserve to be where you are, not because you fill a quota but because you’re the best possible choice for the job.
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