Sexism Is Everywhere
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
3M ago
Sexism is everywhere in workplaces, from people’s expectations about how women look and act to companies’ inadequate or unfair parental leave policies. Still, it can be shocking when you realize—or suspect—that you’re the target of that bias. Perhaps you sense someone is interrupting you over and over because you’re a woman. Or, you receive an end-of-year rating that just doesn’t align with your actual performance, and no one can (or will) explain the discrepancy. Is there any way to know for sure whether something that a colleague or client did—or neglected to do—is sexism? When is confrontin ..read more
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Is Entrepreneurship Right for Me? (from New Here)
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
3M ago
It’s a question that so many of us are grappling with. Should I quit the corporate life that may not feel quite right for me, and pursue my passion project? You may have worries about the financial risks, stability, and what your future looks like with less of a roadmap. Today we’ll help you think through the possibilities and trade-offs, as we learn from one woman’s experiences leaving corporate life to build her own business. This episode is from New Here, a new podcast for young professionals from Harvard Business Review. Each week, host Elainy Mata shares stories, tips, and advice from tru ..read more
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Ever Consider Joining a Board?
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
3M ago
Being on a board is a chance to grow—your mind, your skills, your network, your impact. It’s also another time commitment to fit in, and, for some women, another environment where they have to fight to be heard. So, is the payoff worth the effort? Yes, according to the eight women who volunteered to speak about their experience serving on boards of companies, nonprofits, and schools. They share how they landed a seat, gained confidence in the role, and found unexpected personal and professional benefits in the work. We hope that their perspectives and advice will inspire you to consider trying ..read more
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Ask the Amys
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
3M ago
What if one of your first assignments at a new job was to fire people? What should you do if the person leading a project you’re on isn’t giving clear direction, demands that you work nights and weekends, bristles at your feedback—and leadership tells you to fall in line? These are two of the five situations that Amy B and Amy G talk through in this episode. They offer advice to the women who wrote in with their questions, with the hope that it will help them and anyone who’s been in a similar situation, or might be one unfortunate day.  Resources: When You Work in a Male-Dominated Indus ..read more
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So Many Feelings. Too Many?
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
3M ago
Holding in anxiety, anger, or despair for the sake of appearing professional can feel impossible. When the emotions are just too much—your boss’s dismissive tone infuriates you, a direct report unloads, you can’t hold back tears in a meeting, a tragedy happens and you’re leading an all-staff tomorrow morning—what do you do? Liz Fosslien believes “the future of work is emotional.” The Amys revisit our 2020 conversation with her and fellow organizational consultant Mollie West Duffy about the good that can come from being vulnerable with colleagues, then Fosslien returns to help us reassess wher ..read more
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Should I Change My Last Name?
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
4M ago
If you’re engaged, this question is probably going to come up. Have you ever thought about what you would do (if you have plans to marry), or reflected on the decision you made (if you’re already married)? To what extent did your professional accomplishments and aspirations factor into your decision to keep or change your last name? Our associate producer, Hannah Bates, is engaged, and she talks out the rationale behind her decision to keep her name with three recently married women (one who kept her name and two who changed theirs), and they share what the decision-making process was like for ..read more
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ADHD Is Different for Women
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
4M ago
ADHD can mess with a person’s ability to remember responsibilities and deadlines, start and stop projects, and show up as the on-top-of-everything employee that a boss expects. For women, these symptoms are also in direct contrast to what society expects us to be: attentive, organized, self-controlled. If you have ADHD, getting practical support from colleagues and emotional support from others in the same boat is essential to reaching your potential at work. Two women who have ADHD—one’s a psychologist and the other a life coach—explain the many different ways that this chronic, brain-based d ..read more
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Navigating Your Career When You Have a Disability
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
4M ago
About one in 10 working women have a disability, whether it’s apparent or not. And how those women navigate the workplace is different from how the average neurotypical, fully able-bodied woman does, largely because of pervasive ableism. To learn more about that experience, we’re talking with Meredith Koch and Nicole Bettè. They’re engineers who both use wheelchairs and advocate for employees with disabilities. In this episode, they reflect on their careers and times when they’ve felt supported—and when they haven’t, all with the hope that you’ll be able to better advocate for yourself and you ..read more
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Let’s Talk About Our Failures
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
4M ago
Have you had something go wrong at work? Like really wrong? How much of it do you feel was your fault? And are you still trying to move past it? The Amys and their former co-host Sarah Green Carmichael revisit times they majorly messed up, in hopes that you’ll feel better about your experiences with failure. We’re not talking about honest mistakes with simple solutions; we’re talking about larger problems that were difficult and costly to correct. They share what happened, how they recovered, and what they learned. Sign up for the Women at Work newsletter. Email us: womenatwork@hbr.org ..read more
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October 16, the Amys Are Back
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
5M ago
How do you recover from a failure? What’s it really like—and what does it take—to serve on a board? Do our career aspirations influence our decision, if and when we marry somebody, to keep or change our last name? How does going through a divorce affect us at work, and for how long? If we have a disability, how can we get the understanding and assistive technology we need to do our job? These questions are at the heart of some of the conversations the Amys are having this season with women who’ve been there. As always, we’ll be bringing you expertise, stories, and advice. Sign up for the Women ..read more
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