I just read an article that summarizes some of the key facts of a report that will be coming out at the end of this year, measuring the difference between men and women in the workplace. The article, by Vivian Giang talks about a study done by the Apollo Research Center that shared the following three key points:
Business women are different from men in the workplace in that they bring both sides of a situation to the table for discussion. They are looking for the best solution where both parties gain something.
Working women have different values than men. They are more compassionate, more emphatic to their co-workers and employees’ needs.
Business women are stronger networkers and are better at supporting and encouraging each other than men.
Between 1984 and 2009, the number of women in the workplace has grown from 44 million to 72 million. Even more surprizing is that since 1992, more women have obtained their college degree than men, facts from Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, vice-president and managing director of Apollo Research Institute, says in her book Society 3.0: How Technology Is Reshaping Education, Work and Society.
This is all well and good for women in business, but the one key point the article mentions that struck a chord with me is this:
However, one of the biggest mistakes women make in the workforce is their lack of confidence, she says. They underestimate their potential and, therefore, don’t achieve as much as they could.
Sadly, this fact is not a surprise. Why is that? Why, when we have so much to offer and can bring so much value to the table, do we not see ourselves as a force to be reckoned with?
How many times have you been in a meeting and decided to speak up and interject and you begin your point by saying “This is probably stupid, but…” Or “I’m sure you’ve already thought of this, but…” or “I not sure if this has any value, but have you considered…”
We are announcing to the room that the words about to leave our lips are not worth listening to when in fact that are probably the brightest comment in the meeting thus far.
If we are going to lead the way, we need to do so with conviction. If WE don’t believe in our worth, who will?
Loretta Larouche, noted stress expert and humorist says, we, as women, have to stop waiting for someone to take the lead or come in and save the day and realize that we are perfectly capable of doing that for ourselves. She says “wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and say – here I come to save the day!!!”
She also says
Most of us don’t realize what an impact we have on the world around us. A positive energy field is going to affect others in a beneficial way, even if you don’t notice it at first. Why not ask for a standing ovation once in a while? When you go in to work, say, “I came in—it wasn’t easy. I could have gone somewhere else. I’d like a standing ovation.”
YOU are making a mark in your business world. Do you believe it? Do you see how valuable you are? Why not go into work on Monday and ask for a standing ovation!
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-rise-of-women-in-the-workplace-is-changing-everything-2012-2?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29#ixzz1nyyzPtKC