Competing at the Workplace for Women: How to Make It Count

Women lose in workspace competition to male colleagues and what can be done to change this situation?

Women at Work

Women are trying and competing with men in work spaces globally, but due to many unforeseen reasons they are often left behind. A general analysis into the workspace culture and prior work experience brings me to the following conclusion as to why women lose in workspace competition to male colleagues and what can be done to change this situation:

Loud and Clear

Women are culturally prone to being tolerant and subdued in formal social settings, it is something we are taught right from our childhoods; to be polite and not aggressive. Unfortunately the workspace does not function on the same rules. Here you need to stand tall and speak up. Asserting your rights and opinions at the workplace will go a long way in getting you better opportunities.

Balancing Act

Women who want a career, constant reinforcement at home and work will be crucial in maintaining that balance. In such scenarios it is up to us women to help organizations create smooth working environments for us. And convincing our families of how important work is to us will go a long way in garnering support from our families. Only we can help ourselves.

Play to Your Strengths

With men in majority in most workplace situations, we take it for granted that if we have to succeed, we need to act like men. Instead of being like men at work, we need to find our core competencies as women! The bottom line is that we need to work to the best of our abilities; surely we have our gender specific skills set that work brilliantly.

Don’t Take Stereotypes for Granted

Stereotypes perpetuate only because we endorse them. Next time your boss asks you to get coffee, make it known that you are not too excited to do it. Most of the time we endorse gender based stereotypes because we think of it as normal. And getting coffee for our bosses will never get us the raise in a healthy working environment. Make it known that you can say ‘no’. It all boils down that.

Be Ambitious

It’s time we move out of our comfort zones and challenge our male dominated work spaces more often; make it known that you are up for any healthy competition and will not back down easily. Women are no less career-driven than men, and with the plethora of soft skills they possess intrinsically, we make some very good colleagues at our jobs! Let’s never forget that.

What do you think?

Written by Smita Diwan

Smita Diwan is a Media & Communication evangelist with 15+ years of steady growth. She has served across diverse verticals of Broadcast Journalism, Corporate Communications, Digital Media and Public Relations. A fitness enthusiast, Smita devotes her ‘rare’ free-time to yoga and meditation. As she strongly believes that the right balance is the key to steady growth.

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