There is no doubt that women still face challenges in the workspace. In some situations, we still have to fight for equal pay, equal opportunity, and even equal respect. Although I’d like to think we’ve come a long way, the struggle is clearly not over. It seems that we not only have to battle men’s negative perceptions of us, but also our perception of ourselves.
Recently, studies have shown that women will sell themselves short when working with men. A series of experiments was published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin where men and women were asked to work with one another. When given positive feedback, the women would tend to give more credit to the male and took less credit for themselves. While we may be quick to defend the female and point out that she is merely being modest, studies show that women react differently when working with other women. When their teammate is female, the woman in question does not undervalue her contribution like she did with the male teammate.
Upon discovering this disparity, the woman responsible for these studies, Michelle Haynes , commented “It underscores how the expectations women hold of themselves, and those they work with, influence how they process group feedback. Furthermore, it reveals that gender continues to play a role in how individuals derive these performance expectations.”
In the midst of fighting for higher ranking positions, why do we view our own contributions less favorably than then contributions of our male co-workers? Haynes adds that this mentality is “likely to impact how women view their efficacy at work and the degree to which they are likely to vie for competitive projects and promotions.” While fighting for equality must we also face our own negativity? Tell us what you think.
We’ve all heard the dos and don’ts within the workforce – especially when it comes to your choice in clothing. For most jobs, conservativeness is the only style that’s accepted and recognized by co-workers and employers. We could tell where a person is in his/her life by taking a look at their closets. Most of the time when a closet is full of suits, trousers, collared shirts and blouses, and dress shoes, we could easily assume that that person is a working woman/man. During the week, a working woman/man lives a life where only clean, sharp, and conservative lines exists but of course we, here at Audrey, strongly believe a unique fashion sense doesn’t have to be ruled out in the office. It’s possible to express yourself through fashion even if you’re on the job. It only takes a few smart decisions in cut and color to look like how you want to look, but still staying on your boss’ good side. For proof, we put together 5 outfits that are completely wearable in the office and the other best part is that they’re all available for under $100.
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