Nyma Singh Merchant
In a world where women are already put down enough by everyone (although we're definitely seeing a healthy decline in this culture), it's important for women to support each other, now more than ever before. One of the places women face the most discrimination is in the workplace, and it's the hardest one to beat.
No one can understand the things you go through better than another woman, and that should make us all the more supportive of each other, especially at work. Competition and moving ahead in your role aside, being a cheerleader to your female colleagues and basically all of you being able to count on each other is a necessity nowadays. So if you're not already supportive and helpful to the women in your office, now's a good time to start.
One of the most important things to remember is to be the same way with them as you wish to be treated
If you're in a workplace where the culture is skewed towards mistreating women, you should all the more make an effort to be the one to lift your female colleagues up. If you know what it's like to be treated badly at work, we're sure you have an idea in your head of how you would ideally like to be treated.
And that works the same for the other women in your company, so be the one to put that positivity into practice, not only for yourself, but for them as well.
And when it comes to vying for a higher position at work, don't put each other down. Not only does that show bad form on your part, but imagine if you were in her place - how would you feel at being cast aside by your friend when it came time for a promotion? And if your female colleagues have at any point been helpful to you and you to them, it's not going to feel great at the top knowing you've screwed them over after that.
Cheering each other on helps not just them, but you as well
We're not saying you and your female colleagues need to form a gang and be best friends (unless you want to), but supporting each other whenever required should be an effortless habit now. Being there for each other when needed not only sets an example for everyone else, but is a morale booster like nothing else. You'll feel so much better helping someone, and, who knows, when you're in need, they'll probably come to your rescue too!
Being critical doesn't mean being nasty
If you're a woman in charge of other woman in your workplace, there will obviously come points when you need to pull people up for mistakes and such. But as a woman in a position of power, one of the most important things to keep in mind is to not be a horrible boss.
Keep the distinction between criticism and meanness in mind. Giving someone feedback or criticism shouldn't make them feel demotivated. There's a way you can get them to improve their work, as well as keep their morale up, and you should make efforts to do just that.
Even the smallest act of kindness makes a difference
Anything from complimenting a coworkers' presentation to sitting together at lunch can boost the morale of a woman feeling singled out at work. Little acts of kindness or inclusiveness are enough to make you guys feel united and that will automatically promote a better work culture on everyone's part.
Collaborate with each other
It's always helpful to bounce ideas off each other when working on a big project. And like-minded women coming together to work on a project not only gives you all a united purpose, but builds a sense of teamwork and camaraderie that will automatically make for a better work environment.
Nyma is an animal-lover, reader,
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