Career Issues: Workplace Woes

She is a woman…! How can she attain this position?? Why is she paid high?? These are some disappointing opinions that a man holds for a woman colleague. Unhealthy work-life balance, overwork, stress, glass ceiling, harassment, lack of support from superiors….these are some of the common workplace woes. If you are a working woman, you might also have to encounter some of these issues and challenges. Although, the number of women employees have increased tremendously in the corporate world, but, unfortunately, discrimination are still there! In this article, I have discussed some workplace issues and the ways to overcome these issues.

Some Common Workplace Issues for Women and Tips to Overcome these Issues

Glass Ceiling

You might have face instances when in spite of having requisite qualifications, skills and experience, you are not promoted to a higher position and a male colleague from your team might have prop up to that position. If so, you’ve encountered what is called ‘glass ceiling’. Glass ceiling is a reality and rampant in the corporate world. You have to do something to get rid of this barrier!

Here are some tips that will help you to break the glass ceiling:

  • Be proactive! Decide the career direction at your own.
  • Identify the value system of the organization for which you are working. Polish your skills accordingly.
  • Discuss with your superiors that what they expect from you?
  • Express your interest to work on a higher position, in front of your boss.
  • Hunt for high profile ventures. Built your reputation.
  • Speak up! Communicate your opinions and ideas with top management.
  • Sit with your boss and set objectives and goals.

Unhealthy Work-Life Balance

Anxiety, depression, juggling, mental dissatisfaction…?? No control over life? Abandoning your personal life due to career? Completely worn out when you reach home? Be mindful! All these are the clues of unhealthy balance between your personal life and career and you need to take quick actions towards it.

Following are some suggestions that will help you to maintain a work-life balance:

  • Don’t work continuously. Take a break and relax.
  • Avoid carrying office work at home.
  • Prioritize your activities. Delegate unnecessary activities to others.
  • Seek help of others in completing the tasks. This will save your time and energy.
  • Request your boss to reduce workload.
  • Take care of your health. Sleep well and eat healthy.

Harassment

One of my friends was working in an organization and a male colleague from her team used to made rude remarks and discredited her by spreading spiteful rumors against her. Finally, she left her job. Was this a right decision? If you are a working woman, you might also have confronted with slurring comments, verbal abuse, humiliation or distasteful behavior. What you had done in that situation? Overlooked it or claimed against it? In my opinion, a woman should take some action in such situations.  Despite of tolerating this offense, we must allege against it.

Here are the tips to defend you from this hounding:

  • If you are feeling uncomfortable with the behavior of your colleague, client or boss, don’t overlook it. Directly speak to the concerned person and tell him not to repeat the similar behavior in future.
  • Seek help of trustworthy colleague or supervisor to deal with the situation.
  • Every organization has a workplace harassment policy. Learn about it. Whenever you counter such a situation, you can lodge a complaint to the person who deals with harassment in the organization.
  • If your organization is not willing to take any action against the harasser, seek legal help.

Health Issues

Long sitting in office…irregular meals…junk food…no exercise! Yes, this is the real life story of a working woman. But, what are the consequences of this reality? Don’t know? Okay, I would tell you. The results are very terrible. Obesity…insomnia…hypothyroidism…hypertension…polycystic ovarian disease!  These are some of the threats that might impinge on your health. So, be aware of these threats!

Here are some “fitness mantras” for working women:

  • Avoid skipping meals. Take some snacks during working hours.
  • Include nutritional elements (like salad, fibers, cereals, fruits, etc.) in your diet.
  • Keep junk food at bay.
  • Don’t skip breakfast.
  • Spare some time for workout.
  • Drink 10-12 glass of water every day.
  • Take sleep of 7-8 hours.

Seven vital foods for working women:

Milk       Spinach       Oats       Figs       Tomatoes       Walnuts       Flax-seeds

Discrimination

Similar qualifications…similar experience…similar work! But, why I am getting less salary than him? This is the question of millions of women working in the corporate world. Is there any answer to this question? In my opinion, there is no answer! This is an unfair treatment against women. Also, you might have faced the situation when you are not promoted to a higher position just because you are a woman! You may be discriminated on various grounds, like gender, region, religion, etc. Many of us remain uninterested in addressing this menace. Don’t you think that, by doing so, we are inviting troubles to knock our door?

Tips to deal with discrimination:

  • Read the employee’s manual carefully and know the policies of the organization. Resolve your grievances by contacting with the human resource personnel.
  • You can also seek help from your union. The union leader may support you to solve your issues.
  • You can file a lawsuit under Equal Pay Act (1963). Remember, “Justice delayed is justice denied.” So, don’t delay in lodging the complaint.

Our constitution provides us some rights. Know these rights, stand for them and get rid of career issues! Good luck for your future career!

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