When I was a Human Resources Assistant, my manager always wore heels and a well-rotated collection of suits. She was also extremely professional, action-orientated and a confident public speaker i.e. everything I wasn’t at the time. So I quickly followed her lead and purchased one pair of black, brown & nude heels. I didn’t instantly soak up the demeanor and skills of my manager through those pointy tipped shoes, but I noticed a difference in my performance.
Does talking about sports at work, or in a business context, exclude women from key opportunities or decisions as much as it did in the past? Or should we just embrace scrapbooking as the next great workplace analogy?
When the Women of HR idea first started, someone innocently used the word, “sassy” to describe the tone we should set. I didn’t agree. What do you think? Let’s continue the conversation.
Working in an environment where you are not taken seriously can take a toll on any woman. You can make it through that experience in one of two ways: broken and deflated or empowered and slightly pissed off. Here are a few key things to help you feel empowered working with a good ole boys club.