It’s a real shame but even today there are destructive workplace behaviours in many organizations that adversely impact women and their safety, productivity, health, and confidence. These range from a hostile working environment created by a manager or a peer as well as discrimination based on gender or even harassment. For those of you who are starting your career, it’s going to be frustrating and confusing but you’re going to have to find a way to deal with it. For those of you who have dealt with it or may be facing a toxic situation currently, please know that you are not alone.
Know the difference: First and foremost, there is a difference between a boss who bullies or harasses you and someone who pushes and challenges you. Learn to discern the difference. How does he/ she treat other employees?
Speak up: However uncomfortable the situation or unwelcoming the actions of others – the key to correcting these situations is to understand you have a role to play in ‘righting the wrong’ and the first step towards it is to speak up and not to ignore or hide the situation/ issues.
Ask for help: For some reason, you may feel reluctant to speak to your Manager or go directly to HR. Try to find another ally outside your immediate chain of command or a senior female leader but there is no shame in asking for help. And remember to document your experiences thoroughly.
Take back control: And no matter what, don’t feel shame or humiliation and equally importantly, don’t let your work suffer. Be ambitious, remain passionate and take risks and rise to the top, where you are meant to be!