turn the office into a battlefield
By Nedra Wickremesinghe
When stepping up the corporate ladder, we need to be aware of its
impact on the other aspects of our lives. It can spell disappointment
or happiness, failure or success. The job we do can create family
tensions by taking us away from our children or spouse, affect our
standard of living and alter other people's perception of us.
most of us simply allow ourselves to drift through our working lives
without a plan. Could we achieve higher goals without hurting our
families? Should we build stronger relationships with our associates
or find better ways to fit work needs with our personal lives? Though
jobs may vary, not only do we need to know our rights and be able
to recognize opportunities but also accept constructive criticism.
it comes to women, they need to contend with another aspect - their
male colleagues. Research has shown that men usually have a more
aggressive attitude to business along with a less intuitive grasp
of the needs of others. They reveal less about themselves and enjoy
practical jokes more than women. They smile and cry less, but have
a bigger need for rules and regulations, professional status and
the chance to dominate. They are better at accepting criticism in
the workplace but give less encouragement and reassurance to colleagues.
success in business does not automatically mean that women should
give up their femininity. It may be a tough road ahead, but there
is no need to become a pseudo-man, instead one should aim to be
an efficient businesswoman. Here are a few tips to achieving goals
and finding harmony at work:
- What makes
you special? Recognize your good points and sell yourself to
your future employer. Let past disappointments and failures
go and look at what you have to offer. Professionalism, commitment,
a sense of humour, creativity and organisational skills are
are important for a prospective employer and are an indication
that you have knowledge on a certain subject. But what if you
left school early or didn't succeed at exams? Look for opportunities
in further education, re-training, an Open University degree
or courses at work. Prove to your employer that although you
don't have a certificate, you do have common sense, knowledge,
drive and experience for the job.
- If you
have just started a new job or feel you have yet to fit in,
it can be a lonely experience. Women, especially, tend to form
close groups that can seem difficult to break into. Find ways
to get along with all. Use moments when you are on your own
with someone to ask about their interests or share a joke.
- The way
you dress will say a lot about your character. To do business,
you have to look the part. If you want to be taken seriously
dress smartly, avoid anything too revealing or frivolous. It
isn't necessary, however, to take this principle to extremes
by "power dressing".
- Know your
rights, and don't feel you have to stand alone. There are many
organisations which offer support, information and advice to
women. Check them out.
- Learn to
understand the difference between personal insults and constructive
criticism. In a work environment, you will have to accept criticism
without losing control. Remember that you can make mistakes
at work and when it is pointed out don't take it personally.
Keep the discussion on a business level.
mix business and sex. Relationships come and go, but the person
you walked out on may sit next to you at work every day. If
that person is your boss, your problem is even greater. Women
have special skills that are invaluable in the workplace. They
have the ability to adapt quickly to new situations and are
more intuitive to people's needs. They also pay more attention
to detail. Women have just as much to offer as men and the workplace
need not be the arena for a battle of the sexes.
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