Strong Women In Male-Dominated Workplaces Do These Things

We’ve all been there – the office is full of men. With the testosterone and egos flying around, it’s difficult to carve a path as a woman. Not every guy is a chauvinistic pig, yet it’s hard for them not to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the workplace and revert to type. Sorry, no females allowed.

You’re there by merit though, and nobody else has the right to dictate terms so you need to stand up and be counted and break up the boy’s club. These tips should help with the transition.

Speak Up

Being the only female voice in the office is intimidating. So, sometimes you feel it’s better to go under the radar and not rock the boat and play the percentages. Meanwhile, your male colleagues are brash and bold, telling the boss what they want. Because managers aren’t always switched on, they’ll get the best jobs and you’ll get ignored due to your silence. Agreeableness is a pro in some circumstances, just not in this one because chances won’t land in your lap. Grab the boss in the hall or after a meeting and let him know your likes and dislikes and that you deserve a chance.

Find A Sponsor

Another way to make sure you get noticed is to get the backing of a mentor or sponsor. Often, it’s easier for fellow colleagues to see the good work you’re doing because they’re in the trenches. And, thanks to their reputation and years of experience, they also have some clout with the higher-ups. You should never depend on them because it’s essential to work hard and pull your own weight. However, remember that there is nothing wrong with a little help from a trusted source. The key is to develop these relationships over time by providing favours and watching their back.

Go For A Beer

You’ve spent all day with the guys and want some relief. God, the idea of a glass of wine with the girls is pretty exciting right now. But, after-work drinks are when the real bonding begins. There are chances to speak to people one-on-one and have a real conversation. Plus, it shows you’re part of the team and not some distant colleague so they’ll trust you more. As the ANA Treatment Centre will tell you, there’s a fine line between drinks and alcoholism so always watch your intake and pull back if you think you’re going too hard. Still, social bevvies tend to be more of a career move than a poor lifestyle choice.

Play To Strengths

They might be stereotypes, but what does it matter if they are true and they provide you with exposure. If a male colleague or boss asks you how the office is doing, don’t think “I’m not going to answer that because you think I’m a good listener!” Instead, use your listening skills and ability to read the room to give him an insight into the mood. Then, you’ll have a powerful ally in your corner.

And, these are the best advocates when it comes to crunch time.