‘Just’- the new four letter word
...and other phrases women should steer clear of in the workplace
Women are behind when it comes to being treated fairly and equally in the workplace. It’s a thing. This is a very multifaceted problem that many thought leaders have written about, and it’s clear there’s no magic bullet that will instantly make corporate America a perfect place for women to just wake up one day, waltz in to work and be instantly treated equally to their male counterparts. Many of the reasons women are treated differently are not only deep rooted into the very fabrics of our society and culture, but a lot of times go completely unnoticed even by well-meaning people trying to make a difference.
And sometimes, that well-meaning person is women ourselves. Women are conditioned from an early age (arguably from the second we emerge from our mothers and get swaddled in a pink blanket at the hospital) to not make waves, to keep things calm, to blend in enough and empathize with people’s feelings enough to keep everyone happy and getting along. This behavior is exhibited in a myriad of different ways- a big one of which is the language we use. When used, certain words or phrases, undermine our leadership and authority, and give others the impression that we don’t ultimately need to be respected, consulted with, or followed- that we can continue to be ignored.
Below I list 5 words or phrases to erase (for the most part) from your vocabulary- starting yesterday- to really stand your ground as a respected leader in your organization.