Working in a male-dominated environment can sometimes feel like survival. It is often difficult for women to adapt, but I’m here to reassure you – it is
Let’s get it straight – you won’t be able to have the same conversation with your male
At the beginning it will probably feel like a balancing act, as you don’t want to come across as abrasive when keeping your communication short and sweet. I can reassure you – practice makes you better. Use team meetings or other type of gatherings as a ground to practice your new skills, observe how your team mates respond and adjust accordingly.
Many men will respect you for speaking your mind and challenging others’ views. You should accept the fact that they ask for your opinion, because they appreciate your strengths that are different than theirs and you bring a fresh, completely different point of view into the subject. Your male colleges almost expect you to interrupt them, as that’s what they are used to and because of that, your assertive position will not be perceived as bossy.
You need to leave at home your desires of taking care of everyone and being a “good employee”, otherwise you will hurt yourself the most. If you use the word “NO” for a reason more often, you will not end up overloaded and never create a chance to stand up for tasks you want to participate in.
Men are very competitive – fact! And it isn’t necessary about delivering results, but definitely about making everyone aware about their involvement and all achievements no matter how irrelevant or significant they are to the business. Your male peers will very frequently vocalise which projects they want to work on, while you may be quietly working hard and hoping that one day someone will reward you for all your efforts.
Unfortunately, it is highly possible that your boss will assign that new project to whoever was bragging the most, because they are often too occupied with their own workload to focus on appropriate resources allocation.
Be your own marketeer and spread the word about your achievements, but most importantly make sure that your boss is fully aware about how much value you’re adding to the team.
Now, the most important part!
What additional skills do you think are necessary to make yourself
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