Corporate culture hacks all women need to know
In what can sometimes be perceived as a male dominated workplace, how can women keep moving forward?
“Women can be powerful allies for each other at work — and are uniquely qualified to do so because we experience many of the same challenges,” says LeanIn.org founder and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. “When a woman helps another woman, they both benefit. And when women celebrate one another’s accomplishments, we’re all lifted up.”
So, how can you lift up those around you? And give yourself a boost while you are there?
Show up: support each other
First, be present for those around you. It’s a network you can foster and one you’ll most likely need one day. Arianna Huffington, Editor in Chief of The Huffington Post, says the key is “to be there for other women not just during the big moments of obvious success or failure, but in all the small ways in which the workplace culture isn’t there for them.”
Make a connection: network
There are lots of ways to network – from organised network nights to social media groups for those in your industry. Or reach out to someone you know, or have heard of and admire, ask them for coffee and see what you can learn to help you in your career.
Treat yourself with kindness: avoid burn out
When asked if there’s one thing she could change in the next generation of women, Huffington said, “That they no longer buy into our collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.” You need to find balance. To sleep well, to eat well, to live well – all this helps you work well.
Watch your language: say it like you mean it
Be direct with your language both in the boardroom and in emails. Don’t distil or distract from what you are trying to say with phrases like ‘just’ and ‘sort of’.. If you want to say no, don’t say maybe, say no, it’s your right to.