Having a career as a mom isn’t easy. Although conditions are getting increasingly better for women and mom’s in particular in the workplace, there are still many challenges that women must overcome in certain industries. Even more challenging at times will be the prospect of getting a promotion.
Women are more likely to be:
•Placed into jobs that pay less
•Placed into low level managerial positions with little opportunity for advancement
•Given less opportunities to receive mentorship from company CEOs
All of which combines to create a difficult situation for women who really want to get ahead. There are also cultural biases which a woman in the United States must face, such as stereotypes against females in leadership positions, or those who want to be promoted in an industry that is typically dominated by men, such as in the labor, industrial, and computer technology sectors of employment.
Jumping the Hurdle
Did you know that men who have wives currently possessing their own careers are more likely to promote women? Some of the attitudes in various industries are changing, and one of the most positive forces for good in this situation has been the realization of men that women are more than capable of working in nearly any environment. One of the most effective ways to get a promotion is to demonstrate that fact every day. Although conditions on some jobs can seem unrelenting, such as those in the heavy industrial sector, men are becoming increasingly comfortable with the idea of women in serious roles.
Challenges to Overcome
There are certain behaviors which can hold you, or a person of any gender, back:
•Never turning down assignments at the cost of work performance when overloaded.
•Gossiping, which can be seen as an untrustworthy behavior.
•Seeming “too nice,” or “too apologetic.”
These are all negative traits in an effective leader. That is not a suggestion that you should always say “no” to new assignments, never socialize, or speak curtly, but leadership roles often involve proper delegation of tasks and time management, effective problem solving, and having a strong sense of purpose or duty. While trends are currently looking favorable for the female employees of the future, it is important to establish your role as a leader in the present. Control your tasks wisely, never engage in petty office banter, and never apologize for something that isn’t your fault. With the proper attitude and work ethic, leadership and meaningful promotion can and will be a reality.