Mistakes Women Make at the Office

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    May 26, 2021
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These are mistakes are the most common mistakes women make at the office. So learn it from us and try to avoid it! (PS: Let us know your thoughts in the comments on Women On Topp!)

Taking a backseat, literally and figuratively.

If you want a seat at the power table, take one. Even if that place has not been set for you at the table.

Accepting lower salaries.

One study says women feel the need to “earn” a higher salary, whereas men believe they “deserve” a higher salary. You need to know your worth and demand it, respectfully.

Doing too much for free.

If you don’t value your time, no one else will.

Treating other women as adversaries.

Some women are driven by the notion that the men have the power and they’ll make room for only one woman. In many instances, that’s true. So if there is only one woman at the table, Lord, let that one be me. But here’s what would be even better: Instead of fighting for the single seat in the room, we should all be asking, “Why aren’t there more chairs?” To change the prevailing power structures, we need to fight for each other.

Thinking being liked = being respected

Studies have shown that young women have a stronger need than men to be seen as “likable.” Likability isn’t synonymous with respect. People who make congeniality a priority tend to be indecisive and submissive, which definitely won’t help in earning respect. You need to balance confidence, collaboration, decisiveness and openness. Don’t be a pushover just because you fear stepping on toes.

Letting the desire to be liked get in the way

So often I hear women say things like, “I didn’t want to say No, because I wanted them to like me”. I’d never under-estimate the power of “likability” but this creates stress, impossible deadlines and internal conflict. Often, the feeling of being taken advantage stems from being unwilling to voice opposite opinions, or just say “No” to unreasonable demands.

Allowing too much emotions

Emotional reactions include breaking down in tears in the office. When you cry, the perception is that you’re letting your feelings get the best of you and clouding your judgment. Others can interpret tears as a sign of weakness.

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