One of the Boys
November 27, 2011 6:44 PM Subscribe
How do you, as a woman, succeed in the "good ol'" boy's club?
posted by DisreputableDog to Work & Money (28 answers total) 61 users marked this as a favorite
Do men really do things differently in the workplace in order to advance in their career? What exactly do they do? What might I be doing wrong, sexism aside, as a woman?
How do I fight against the fact that, whether at a desk or at a technical/hand's-on job, men at least -seem- to assume that I can't do my job, which lowers my confidence in my technical abilities and therefore leads them to assume.....etc? Unless, of course, whatever it is I'm doing happens to be secretarial in nature, which I do happen to be good at.
I'd like a little more concrete and detailed advice than "just do good work", unless that really is the end-all key to things. But then how do I show others the good job I often know I've done? Even the seemingly minor spreadsheets I either revised or made from scratch are now the default forms for some of the work that gets done every day. While I certainly put these accomplishments on my list of things to consider in my evaluations, is it odd for me to get the feeling that some of this kind of work I do, the kind that's secretarial in nature and often of my own initiative, is unappreciated or undervalued?
Am I wrong to CC the persons in charge of me e-mails from customers lauding my accomplishments? Does that ever get annoying or tedious up the ladder?
If you can recommend books, blogs, or articles about this as well, I'd really appreciate it. I realize some of what I'm asking is "business success only" in nature, but I really do believe in the Boy's Club as a real thing. You can see it especially from the outside over time. Thanks.